PEA Convention will be held May 3 & 4, 2019 in Victoria, BC at the Inn at Laurel Point. Convention is the place where members set the direction of their union. 

Interested in Attending Convention?

Convention Expression of Interest

Convention committees are essential to the running of the event. Details on responsibilities and time requirements of each committee can be found below.

How are delegates to Convention selected?

Deadline to express interest in attending is January 9, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Each chapter is entitled to a specific number of delegates to attend Convention. Each chapter’s delegate entitlement is determined by the PEA’s constitution. 

Delegates are confirmed in accordance with each chapter’s constitution, policy and by-laws. 

Members will be informed if they are selected to attend in February 2019. A list of alternates will be developed.

Convention Committee Details

Convention Committees: Can you help out?

Chapters will confirm their delegates in February. Committees are important in assisting with the work of the convention. 

Credentials Committee

The Credentials Committee will seek the convention’s approval to sit the convention delegates. Committee members, and may assist with the registration of all delegates. The time commitment is up to two hours onsite on May 4, 2019.
Four members are appointed to the Credentials Committee: the Association Executive’s Second Vice-President (chair), one Executive member, and two convention delegates. 

Resolutions Committee 

The Resolutions Committee meets for a two-hour teleconference prior to Convention to consider each resolution submitted. The teleconference will be between March 4 and 8, 2019. The Committee may also be required to meet onsite at the convention. 
The Resolutions Committee will have four members appointed by the Association Executive: the Association’s First Vice-President, one Executive member, and two convention delegates. 

Sergeant-at-Arms Committee

The Sergeant-at-Arms Committee will ensure that only delegates are allowed on the convention floor, assist in the distribution of any documents during Convention, and assist when requested by the convention chair when counting any votes. 
There is a 30-minute orientation onsite at 12:15 p.m. on May 4, 2019. Other work is onsite during the proceedings. 
The Association Executive will appoint four convention delegates to the Sergeant-at-Arms Committee, at least one of whom is a member of the Association Executive. 

Ways and Means Committee 

The Ways and Means Committee will meet for a two-hour teleconference prior to Convention to consider all resolutions that concern PEA financial policy and to review the Secretary-Treasurer’s report and audited statements. The teleconference is between March 11 and 15, 2019. The Committee will make recommendations on the reports, financially-related resolutions and the audited statements.
Four members are appointed to the Ways and Means Committee: the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer, one Executive member, and two convention delegates. 

Resolutions and Past Conventions

The Resolution Deadline for Convention 2019 is March 1, 2019

Resolutions Guide for Conventions

Resolutions can have a direct impact on how the PEA operates. Members may submit resolutions to convention which, if adopted, may result in changes to the Constitution & Bylaws or guide the actions of the Association Executive.

Conference 2018

Please accept our sincere thanks for attending the 2018 PEA Education Conference in Victoria, BC.

We put together a short highlight video (BELOW) that we would encourage you to view and share with your co-workers. 

Past Conventions

Table Officer Elections

The election of table officers (President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer) will be held at Convention. Please see the links below for information from the Table Officers Nominating Committee, Position Descriptions, and Nomination Form for candidates.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2019 for information to be included in the convention material.

Candidates for Table Officer positions may be nominated at any time prior to convention or from the floor during the proceedings. Nominations received past March 1, 2019 will not be included in the convention package.

Fine the nomination form below.

Table Officer Nomination Form

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 43 Issue 4

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

The October 2018 issue includes a profile of UVic member Susan Dempsey

Read the October 2018 issue



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