PEA News

March 30, 2020

The details of many of these programs are yet to be announced and we will update members as details become available.

March 26, 2020

These are challenging times across the PEA. With COVID-19 continuing to spread, we are experiencing unprecedented change that can be difficult to navigate.

March 23, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Updated March 23, 2020

March 20, 2020
Oil & Gas Commission

Dear members,

Due to the COVID-19 emergency health situation collective bargaining has been postponed with the employer.

March 20, 2020
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

 

Dear UVic PEA members,

March 20, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

March 19, 2020
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP members,

Thank you all for the important work you are doing on behalf your communities. Our members' safety is of utmost importance during this provincial health emergency.

March 17, 2020
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Dear LSL members,

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic.

March 17, 2020
LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

Dear Legal Aid BC members,

March 16, 2020

Dear PEA Members,

The PEA is closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19.

March 13, 2020

Please be aware that the 2020 PEA Education Conference on May 1 & 2, 2020  is cancelled.
 

March 13, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic.

March 13, 2020
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear UVic members,

March 13, 2020
FMEP - Family Maintenance Enforcement Program Lawyers

Dear FMA members,

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic.

March 13, 2020
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Dear ORL members,

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic.

March 13, 2020
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS members,

The PEA has been closely monitoring the continually changing COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 46 Issue 1

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

The January-February 2020 issue includes a Vancouver Sun op/ed piece from PEA Executive Director Scott McCannell on the Legal Services Society strike.

Read the January-February 2020 issue

 

 

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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