All Members

Becoming a Local Representative

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. PDT

Local representatives are an invaluable part of how the union functions; they bridge the gap between the employer, employee, their labour relations officer and the union.

The virtual lunch webinar will review some of the key duties of a Local Rep including recruitment, records maintenance, communications, grievances and appeals, engagement and more. If you’re interested in finding out more about being a Local Rep, please consider attending.

Registration link forthcoming.


Chapter-Specific Training

GLP Training

Evidence for Democracy Webinars

In June of 2020, Evidence for Democracy (E4D) worked with our GLP chapter to release Spotlight on Integrity, an in-depth report looking at the state of scientific integrity and science capacity in BC. The report, based on survey responses from GLP members, outlined ongoing challenges facing scientific professionals in the provincial government and laid out key recommendations for addressing those gaps. 

With a new provincial government here in BC, all PEA members have an opportunity to connect with their representatives about the issues that matter to their chapter. Over the past six months the PEA collaborated with E4D to present five webinars to members. The PEA would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the presenters who shared their knowledge through these sessions. 

Recordings and resources from these webinars can be found on the PEA Lobbying Page.


Collective Bargaining

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m. PDT

This webinar will provide members with a look into the collective bargaining process. The GLP has begun bargaining preparation and will be doing consultation with members in the fall. This webinar is a great refresh on the collective bargaining process for those who are interested.

Register Here


GLP New Members Webinar

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

In this one-hour seminar, we'll cover what it means to be in a union and how the union works. We'll review terminology, the decision-making process, grievances, how bargaining works and more.

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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 47 Issue 1

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

The May to June 2021 issue includes a look into what it's like to work within UVic's Theatre Department.

Read the latest issue



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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