PEA News

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 12, 2020


PEA Office Closure

Updated March 19

February 14, 2020
LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

Dear LSS members,

This is to inform you that 90 per cent of voting members supported the tentative agreement. 80 per cent of members voted.

February 13, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear Victoria GLP members,

January 27, 2020

According to Health Canada, on December 31, 2019 a cluster of cases of pneumonia were reported in Wuhan, China, and the cause has now been confirmed as the new 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

January 24, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear pharmacists,

January 14, 2020
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Thank you to everyone who attended the Public Interest Disclosure Act webinar on January 16 which was presented by the Office of the BC Ombudsperson. Below are the materials from the webinar:

December 11, 2019

The PEA's scholarship and bursary program has changed its deadline date to June 30.

November 21, 2019
LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

November 21, 2019 (Victoria) – Starting tomorrow, the Legal Services Society (LSS) staff lawyers are taking work-to-rule job action. All legal aid centres will remain open.

November 08, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

November 07, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP Members, 

November 05, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members, 

October 31, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The Professional Reliance Task Force and the Scientific Integrity Committee are a joint union and employer commitment made by the BC PSA & the PEA in the most recent collective agreement.

October 30, 2019
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

The AGM of the Law Society Lawyers Chapter of the PEAProfessional Employees Association will be held at 12:00 p.m. on November 7.

October 28, 2019

October 28, 2019 (Victoria) – Legal Services Society (LSS) unionized staff lawyers, represented by the Professional Employees Association (PEA), have issued 72-hour strike notice as of today. 


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 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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