Upcoming Events

PEA Education Conference 2018

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

Deadline Extended to January 31, 2018, for Education Conference 2018

The conference will feature these exciting speakers:

  • Charlie Demers - Writer, comedian and political activist
  • Irene Lanzinger - President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED)
  • Anita Zaenker - Director of Organizing, BCFED Union researcher and campaigner

We are still seeking expressions of interest from UVic members. Leave to attend will be paid by the PEA according to the expense policy and guidelines. 

If you have not yet contacted us, please send your expression of interest with your name and chapter by January 31, 2018.

The Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, BC.

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2018 Advanced Local Rep Training

Advanced level local rep training will be held on May 14 and 15, 2018, in Victoria, BC. This session is open to all local reps and chapter executive members who have previously attended the basic level local rep training course and builds on the skills learned in the basic level session. The PEA will reimburse travel, accommodations, meals and other expenses necessary to attend this local rep training, consistent with our expense policy

If you are interested in attending the session, email membership by January 1, 2018.

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 4

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

The December 2017 issue includes a profile of UVic member Sheryl Karras, a review of the BCFED young workers' camp, a review of the year and an article on Change Day 2017.

Read the December 2017 issue



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