Upcoming Events

Labour Day Picnic

Celebrate Labour Day by joining us at the 2017 Labour Day picnic on September 4th.

More information to follow.

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BCFED Young Workers' School

Are you aged 30 and under and interested in connecting with young workers from across BC?

The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is hosting a Young Workers’ School at Camp Jubilee from September 15 to 17, 2017.

Join young workers from around the province and attend courses to help build skills related to the labour movement, political and community organizing, and leadership. Course topics include workplace mental health, an introduction to labour history and leading workshops with confidence. In addition, you can participate in a variety of outdoor activities at a retreat-like environment, which is only accessible by boat.

The PEA is focused on engaging our young members and developing the PEA leaders of tomorrow and will fund the registration and travel expenses for five young members to attend. 

The attendees will be asked to report on their experience to the PEA Executive in the fall and be interviewed for The Professional magazine.

If you are interested in attending this event please submit a 250-word essay explaining why you should attend the Young Worker’s Camp. All PEA members 30 years of age and under are welcome to apply. Email your essay to us by Monday, July 31, 2017

For more information on the camp visit the BCFED website.

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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 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 44 Issue 2

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

The July 2017 issue includes a profile of Barbara Jo May, Convention 2017, a recent PEA forester victory, unions and the movement for LGBT rights, as well as saying farewell to a loved labour relations officer.

Read the July 2017 issue



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