Education Conference 2018


The 2018 Education Conference will be held on April 13 and 14, 2018 at the Inn at Laurel Point, in Victoria, BC.

The theme will be Making Your Union Stronger.

❱ Expressions of Interest 

Expressions of interest are now closed.

❱ Speakers Announced

The presenters at this year’s conference have been confirmed:  

  • 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
  • Jackie Larkin - Educator

❱ Speakers

❱ Schedule

Friday, April 13 

Time Session
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Sessions start
4:30 p.m. Sessions end
6:00 - 8:30 p.m Dinner and keynote address

Saturday, April 14

Time Session

9:00 a.m. 

Sessions start
9:15 - 10:45 a.m. Breakout workshops (see descriptions below)
11:00 a.m. Main sessions continue
3:30 p.m. Sessions end

❱ Saturday Workshop Descriptions

Members attend one of the sessions.

Becoming a Social Media Ambassador
Using social media effectively to engage members and win campaigns requires an active leadership team. We’re building a team of social media ambassadors to help amplify our message and get the attention of targets and the media. Members will leave this training inspired to take action to support our campaigns on Facebook and Twitter and with specific skills to be able to do this effectively. This is not an introduction to social media; a basic knowledge of Facebook and/or Twitter are recommended.

Collective Bargaining 101
This workshop will give you an understanding of the basics of how collective bargaining works. We will explore the process from start to finish including a review of key terms and how members can support the union’s efforts to get the best possible deal. Bring your questions and be prepared to share your experiences of what’s worked well and where you think unions can improve.

Investigations and Discipline
This session provides an overview of employer investigations and discipline so that attendees are able to guide PEA members towards appropriate resources and actions.

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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