SMS News

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).

Friday, October 27, 2017

In this issue of the SMS Union Update, you'll find an overview of the PEA including a profile of your labour relations officer, as well as updates on tutorial FTE breakdown and extended health bene

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In this issue of the SMS Union Update you'll find an explanation of sick day balance, information on supporting staff Pro.D and an interview with SMS member Ross Alden.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The winners from the March 10 coffee event were:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

In this issue of the SMS Union Update you'll find an explanation of vision benefits, information on the Annual General Meeting and a profile on SMS member Sonny Wilson.

Read it here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

All SMS members are invited to the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 24 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in rooms 10-11.

Click here to add the event to your calendar.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The collective agreement covering July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021 is now online. Members can view it here. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dear members,

The PEA would like to ask for your input regarding residence call in procedures. I will be meeting with the residence manager to discuss if any changes should be made. Please review the “Call in procedures” document and provide me with you feedback by Friday May 13th.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Dear members,

PEA members have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective agreement with St. Margaret's School. 96.1 percent of voting members accepted the agreement.
The agreement is in effect July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021. Full details of the agreement can be found on our website.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dear members,

Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with the employer. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

The bargaining committee worked very hard with the employer on Thursday and Friday last week. At times the talks were challenging, but the parties’ commitment to reaching a fair and reasonable agreement drove the discussions.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Dear members,

Parties began collective bargaining yesterday. Proposal packages were exchanged and briefly discussed. The employer’s package is quite different from the last round. There are a number of inconsequential “housekeeping” items along with approximately six proposals regarding the terms and conditions your employment. Your bargaining committee can report that overall the employer’s package is not proposing any significant concessions.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

In this issue of the SMS Union Update find out about bargaining updates, an upcoming coffee meeting and the PEA's Education Conference.

Read the February issue here

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Your PEA bargaining committee met last week to review the bargaining survey results and identify priorities for this round of negotiations. Bargaining dates have been set for February 23 and March 3,4,8 and 9. Both parties are hoping this will be a shorter round of bargaining than has occurred in recent years at SMS. The school has indicated that their proposal package will be much smaller than the 67 proposals they brought forward in 2012. The union believes this will help to expedite discussions.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Your SMS Executive will be issuing a newsletter to members on a bi-monthly basis. For the first issue, we would like to introduce your Chapter Executive members.

Read the newsletter 


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 45 Issue 1

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

The January/February 2019 issue includes a profile of SMS member Bev Waterfield

Read the January/February 2019 issue



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