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2018 CLC Winter School

Each winter, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) provides week-long labour education training at Harrison Hot Springs. Registration for the 2018 CLC Winter School is open, and there are spots available for two PEA members-at-large and two young workers.

The course schedule and course descriptions are posted on the CLC website. Winter School runs in January and February 2018. The PEA will pay for course costs, travel, accommodation, food and union leave. Our expectation is that those members who attend the training will participate in an interview with PEA communications staff to report back on their experience to the membership. If you are interested in attending CLC Winter School training, please email membership by November 15, 2017.

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PEA Education Conference 2018

The theme of the 2018 Education Conference is Making Your Union Stronger.

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The Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC.

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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 ten 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 43 Issue 3

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

The September 2017 issue includes a profile of HESU member Ronnie Nicolasora, member survey 2017 update, and an article on PEA members stepping up in a record-breaking wildfire season.

Read the September 2017 issue



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