All Members

Fall 2022 Workshops

We are pleased to announce our fall 2022 education program.

We are offering a number of online sessions for all members presented by master trainer Lucette Wesley with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kerry Palmer of Integrative Mediation Services, and Jodie Gauthier with Black Gropper Labour & Employment Lawyers. The courses will focus on mental health, conflict resolution, discipline, long term disability and worker's compensation board benefits.

Please note these sessions will be held over the lunch hour and union leave is not provided.

Conflict Resolution: Making the Shift to Collaborative Engagement

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Kerry Palmer

Webinar Description:

This session will create opportunities for increased self-awareness on members' personal approach to addressing conflict, clarity on what is collaboration and awareness of basic communication skills that support a collaborative approach. Key topics include:

  • Conflict learning and impact.
  • The dichotomy of conflict.
  • What is a collaborative process?
  • What is required to be collaborative?
  • The language and mindset of collaboration.
  • Communications skills that support collaboration.

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Worker's Compensation Board & Long Term Disability Overview

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Jodie Gauthier

Webinar Description: 

This session will give an overview of WCB and LTD benefits and processes to increase members ability to understand and navigate these benefits. Key topics include:

  • Overview of benefits and the differences between the two.
  • Where to identify entitlements.
  • Procedural and jurisdictional appeals.
  • Intersection with bullying and harassment claims.

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Mental Health at Work (MHW): Awareness

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Facilitator: Lucette Wesley

Webinar Description:

This workshop helps members gain understanding and build comfort in talking about mental health and mental illnesses. The focus will be on how members can make their workplace better and how they can help themselves and co-workers. The following topics will also be discussed:

  • How to support co-workers who may be experiencing poor mental health.
  • Learning about the signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses.
  • Developing strategies to maintain your own mental health and build your mental resiliency.

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Discipline 101

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Facilitator: Jodie Gauthier

Webinar Description:

This webinar will provide members with an introduction to and brief overview of the discipline process, focusing on basic cases and concepts. Key topics include:

  • Just Cause.
  • Mitigation Circumstances.
  • Progressive Discipline.
  • The difference between culpable and non-culpable conduct.
  • Human Rights considerations.
  • Remedies and Settlement.
  • Misconduct relevant to the Public Sector.

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Conflict Resolution: From Aggressive to Assertive Communication

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Facilitator: Kerry Palmer

Webinar Description:

This session will provide opportunities for increased self-awareness to assertive communication, the personal mindset of assertive communication, as well as creating comfort and awareness to communication skills that support assertive communication. Key topics include:

  • What is aggressive communication, what does it look like and sound like?
  • What is goal of aggressive communication?
  • What is assertive communication, what does it look like and sound like?
  • What is the goal of assertive communication?
  • What are the communication skill sets associated with assertive communication?

Register Here

Mental Health at Work (MHW): Resiliency During Unusual Times

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PST

Facilitator: Lucette Wesley

Webinar Description:

Members will learn how to build resiliency and practice self-care even while experiencing normal reactions to this unusual time. The focus will be on developing an understanding of the impact the current stressors have had on well-being, how to recognize the signs of stress, and how to react appropriately by developing strategies for stress.

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Local Reps

Fall 2022 Member Leaders Training

We are excited to announce the fall education options available for our member leaders (local reps, chapter and association executive, and committee members).

In October we are offering a revised PEA Local Reps Basic Training course via zoom. It will run over 3 afternoons. Union leave will be provided. This training is open to current local reps, and chapter and association executive members only.

We are also covering registration costs and union leave for member leaders who wish to take a virtual fall education course through the Vancouver District Labour Council.

All of these courses have limited capacity and registration is on a first come, first served basis. 

If you are interested in attending the Basic Training or a VDLC course please email your request with the specific course name and whether you will require union leave to

PEA Local Reps Basic Training

Dates: Monday, October 17, 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PDT

Capacity: 30 participants

Facilitators: PEA Labour Relations Officers Melissa Moroz & Sam Montgomery

Webinar Description:

This training provides local reps with a basic overview of what it means to be a local rep, the duties of a local rep and includes interactive exercises. Participants will be provided a manual with resources they can refer to throughout their time as a local rep. Topics will include:

  • Labour History and PEA Overview
  • Role of the Local Rep
  • Skills for Good Representation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Collective Agreement Enforcement
  • Interviewing a Member
  • Role of the Rep in Support of Bargaining

VDLC Virtual Fall Education Courses

For full course details see the VDLC Fall Education Calendar.

Course Options & Dates:

BC Labour Code 
September 13, Tuesday - 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Effective Note Taking 
September 24, Saturday - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Investigations & Interrogations: Representing Members in Employer Interviews
September 28, Wednesday - 9:30 to 12:00 pm

Drug and Alcohol Policies and Testing
October 19, Wednesday - 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Basic Human Rights for Union Activists
November 3, Thursday - 7:00 pm to 9:00pm

Employer Policies and Labour Law 
November 8, Tuesday - 9:30am to 4:00pm

WCB Pensions Update
November 9, Wednesday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

WCB Issues with Vocational Rehabilitation
November 16, Wednesday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Note: To maximize opportunity for the most members to attend the VDLC training, in-person courses are not eligible due to travel and accommodation costs.

The following courses are not eligible: Defamation Law for Unions, Human Rights Bootcamp, Arbitration and Labour Board Advocacy.

Chapter-Specific Training

Please check back at a later date.

Education Archive & Resources

For descriptions of past sessions and access to resources please visit our Education Archive & Resources page.

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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. 

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