PEA News

November 30,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS Residence Staff,

November 27,

Thank you to all the members who shared their feedback through our annual member survey with Stratcom.

November 23,
FMA - Family Maintenance Agency

Family Maintenance Agency (FMA) Chapter's 2020 Annual General Meeting is on December 3 at 4:45 p.m. immediately following the legal counsel meeting. The AGM meeting link was sent via email.

November 17,
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Current Program

-Award categories –

$500 – Thriving
$1000 - $3000  Strong performers
$3000 – $10,000 Top performers

November 12,
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

The 2020 Law Society Lawyers (LSL) Chapter of the PEA Annual General Meeting will be held online on November 17, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Find the agenda below.

November 05,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

CUPE/PEA Enhanced Disability Management Program Representative

November 04,
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Dear ORL Members,

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2020 Okanagan Regional Librarian (ORL) Chapter Elections:

October 19,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP Members, 

October 15,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear members,

October 14,

The Professional Employees Association has an exciting, temporary (one-year) opportunity for a Labour Relations Officer.

October 14,

The PEA is offering free, PEA-branded, non-medical masks to all of our members.

October 05,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

The UVic PEA Elections Committee, is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 UVic PEA Elections. Melissa Doyle has been elected by acclamation into the position of Vice-Chairperson.

September 22,
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

The 2020 ORL Chapter Annual General Meeting will be held online on Monday, September 28, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

September 09,

For 27 years the PEA has been giving scholarships and bursaries to PEA members and their families. 

September 03,
Oil & Gas Commission

Dear OGC members,

The bargaining committee is pleased to inform you that 96 per cent of voting members supported the tentative agreement. 78 per cent of members voted.

September 01,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

The 2020 UVic Chapter AGM will be held virtually on November 4, 2020 at 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Each year, members of the UVic Chapter Executive are elected by the membership to serve two-year terms. Thi


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 47 Issue 1

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

The May to June 2021 issue includes a look into what it's like to work within UVic's Theatre Department.

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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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