PEA News

May 16,

May 16, 2023 (Victoria) – PEA members who work for St. Margaret’s School have voted 88% in favour of job action and issued 72-hour strike notice.

May 11,

May 11, 2023 (Victoria) – With the news that Bill 5 was given Royal Assent today, the Professional Employees Association (PEA) looks forward to working with the BC Government Lawye

April 27,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS members,

Thank you to everyone who cast their ballot and voted overwhelmingly in favour of the SMS strike vote.

April 26,

VICTORIA – Today post-secondary unions from across Vancouver Island sent the following letter (embedded and attached) to Premier Eby and Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills Selen

April 26,
UVic, UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

VICTORIA – Today post-secondary unions from across Vancouver Island sent the following letter to Premier Eby and Minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills Selena Robinson.

April 20,

In response to resolution number ten that was passed at the 2021 PEA Convention, the union has submitted a formal letter to Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change 

April 14,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS members,

March 22,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

General wage increases beginning the first pay period after April 1, 2023 will be 6.75%. This is the maximum amount (i.e., Max COLA) that was bargained and forms part of the collective agreement.

March 22,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

HSPBA members are to receive the maximum wage increase this year.

Inflation-protection measures negotiated in the new agreement will trigger a 6.75% increase.

February 08,

February 8, 2023 - PEA Labour Relations Officer, Melissa Moroz spoke to The Tyee about Government Licensed Professionals working from home:

February 01,

February 1, 2023 - PEA Labour Relations Officer, Sam Montgomery, spoke with the Times Colonist about the recent budget cuts at the University of Victoria. Full story below:

January 30,

The PEA is looking to fill a casual organizer position.

January 18,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

January 16,

January 16, 2023 (Victoria) – UVic members have voted 94% per cent in favour of their tentative agreement.

December 22,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association have voted 77 per cent in favour to accept a new collective agreement effective April 21, 2022 to March 31, 2025.

December 20,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear UVic members,


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 48 Issue 1

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

The Spring 2022 issue takes a deep dive into the work of GLP members and their work during provincial emergencies.

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The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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