PEA Executive Committee Vacancies

Publish date: Thursday, May 02, 2013

Volunteer on a PEA Executive Committee!

PEA Executive Committees are established annually to serve the ongoing functions of the PEA Association Executive.

If you are interested in contributing to the committees below or would like more information about these opportunities, please email us. The committees are composed of PEA Executive members and members-at-large. Most standing committees meet several times a year via teleconference. Applications for union leave may be issued for committee work that falls within regular work hours.

PEA Awards Committee

One Member-At-Large Position

The Awards Committee assesses the applications for PEA scholarships, bursaries and the nominations for the PEA Service Award. The committee is created annually and consists of two executive members and up two members-at-large, and the Executive Director or their designate. The committee work is rewarding and involves up to two teleconferences per year in addition to the review of submissions. There is currently one member-at-large vacancy.  Contact us to get involved!

PEA Education Committee

Two Member-At-Large Positions

The Education Committee makes recommendations regarding the biennial Education conference, local representative training and other educational opportunities for members. The committee consists of the Second Vice-President (chair), two additional executive members and two PEA members-at-large. The committee meeting about two times per year for one-hour teleconferences. Contact us to find out more.

PEA Equity and Diversity Committee

Two Member-at-Large Positions

The mandate of the committee is to work to eliminate all forms of discrimination in the workplace, in the union, and throughout society. The committee will represent the interests of equity-seeking groups including, but not limited to, Aboriginal workers, racialized workers, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and women. Where possible, the membership of the committee should represent individuals from these equity-seeking groups. The committee consists of up to two association executive members, the PEA President as Ex-Officio, up to three members-at-large and one PEA staff member. The committee meets up to three times a year via teleconference. Contact us to find out more.

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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