Upcoming Events

Canadian Labour Congress Convention

The 28th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress is taking place from Monday, May 8th to Friday, May 12th, 2017, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 

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Biennial Convention

Convention is the biennial event that sets the direction for the PEA. Convention 2017 will be held May 12 - 13, 2017 in Victoria, BC at the Inn at Laurel Point.

Inn at Laurel Point 680 Montreal St. Victoria, BC

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PEA Executive Meeting

Victoria Office

Local Rep Training | Basic

The PEA is pleased to offer a two-day Basic Level Local Rep Training Session on June 12 & 13, 2017, in Victoria, BC. This session is open to all local reps, chapter executive, and association executive members who have not attended a training session in the previous 24 months.

The workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the PEA, labour relations and collective bargaining, and develop skills that will assist you as a PEA local representative.

If you would like to register for this course please contact our Membership Department


The PEA will reimburse travel, accommodations, meals and other expenses necessary to attend this local rep training, consistent with our policy. 

PEA Office 505-1207 Douglas Street

Local Rep Training | Advanced

The PEA is holding a two-day Advanced Level Local Rep Training Session 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.

The course will build on the skills learned in the basic level session and focus on human rights, the basics of organizing and communication with members, and more.

If you would like to attend contact our membership department.


The PEA will reimburse travel, accommodations, meals and other expenses necessary to attend this local rep training, consistent with our policy.

PEA Office 505-1207 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8W 2E7

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PEA Executive Meeting

This meeting is dedicated to Professional Development & Business, running from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Location TBA Richmond

PEA Executive Meeting

Victoria Office

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 42 Issue 4

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

The December 2016 issue includes a profile of Beth Eagles, a cruising-policy forester with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. This issue also covers what the PEA and the labour movement are doing to support the next generation of workers. Finally, we highlight the significance of the Brian Day court case currently working its way through the courts. 

Read the December 2016 issue



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