SMS News

Monday, December 14, 2020

During the 2020 SMS AGM, Brian Campbell of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) Health and Safety Centre gave a special presentation on Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) during COVID-19.

Friday, December 4, 2020

The 2020 SMS Chapter's Annual General Meeting will take place virtually on December 7 at 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. The link was sent via email. We encourage all PEA members to attend!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Dear SMS Residence Staff,

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Dear SMS Members, 

The PEA Executive has approved a one-time Pandemic Emergency Layoff Support for you. This support is in the form of a $500 gift to laid-off SMS members. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dear SMS members,

Thank you for your continued commitment to your work during this challenging time.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear SMS members,

We will be hosting two member meetings this week to discuss your layoff and your rights under the collective agreement. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dear SMS members,

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, September 20, 2019

In the September newsletter find information on the SMS Executive, your Labour Relations Officer, the date of the AGM, contract increases for the 2019/2020 school year and support for professional

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Dear SMS members,

Monday, September 24, 2018

The PEA conducted a survey on Work Intensification and Environment for members at St. Margaret’s School (SMS).

In this section

The PEA was formed in 1974, by a group of professionals working in the public sector. The story goes that the founders of the union mortgaged their houses to fund negotiations of the union’s first collective agreement. 

Now, the PEA is BC’s union for professionals. We represent a wide range of professionals including lawyers, foresters, engineers, agrologists, teachers, veterinarians, fundraisers, physiotherapists, pharmacists, psychologists program managers, librarians and more.

Our union is led by the PEA Executive. They represent members from across the chapters of the PEA and set the overall vision and direction for our union.

Resources for our members

Navigating a union can sometime be a challenging process. Under this section of the website you will find resources to help you navigate the PEA. In the members section you'll find expense claim reimbursements, information on the PEA's scholarship and bursary program and our grants and donations program.

Collective bargaining and job action resources explain the process of collective bargaining and what to do in the unlikely event of job action. 

Local reps can also find resources to help them complete their job more effectively. This includes ways to welcome new members, how to take notes in investigation disciplinary meetings and more.

The heart of our union

The PEA is made up of nine chapters, or groups of members who either work for the same employer or are in the same field of work. Each chapter has an elected executive tasked with running the affairs of the chapter. Each chapter is entitled to representation at the PEA Executive, the governing body of the union. 

Our members work for a range of employers: the Province of BC, the University of Victoria, St. Margaret's School, the Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, the Oil and Gas Commission, the Law Society of BC, Legal Services Society, the Okangan Regional Library and health authorities across BC.

Professionals need unions now more then ever

Since the 1970’s, when the PEA was formed, our mission has been to ensure our members can work in safe, productive environments and receive fair and reasonable wages and benefits for the valuable work they do. We help individuals and groups of professional workers to understand the challenges they face in their workplaces and some of the solutions available to them. 

We work with potential members to become certified as a union and achieve the wages, benefits and respect they deserve. 

The Professional | Volume 46 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2020 to January 2021 issue includes a look into the work of BC's provincial apiarist.

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The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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