PEA News

August 17,


August 15,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

August 08,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

August 8, 2022 (Victoria) – Five University of Victoria (UVic) unions have organized a petition asking UVic to reconsider a planned parking increase of 50% for September 2022. In response, the Univ

July 25,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

GLP members can submit requests for funding of up to $200 for an activity or event to the GLP Grants and Donations Committee.

June 29,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is pleased to announce $3 million in new funding for professional development of health science professionals.

June 22,

June 22, 2022 (Victoria) – The Government Licensed Professionals (GLP) who work for the BC public service have voted 92% in favour of a strike.

June 20,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP members,

May 17,

May 16, 2022 (Victoria) – The Professional Employees Association (PEA) reached impasse with the provincial government's Publi

May 05,

Wildfire and landslide response, bridge safety, and flood forecasting all impacted.

April 14,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

There is one new vacancy on the GLP Executive. Are you interested in stepping forward?

April 12,

The annual PEA member survey helps us understand membership priorities and is vital in shaping the direction and focus of the union.

April 08,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

January 19,

Most PEA chapters are or will be busy with collective bargaining this year. The PEA is currently bargaining with the Law Society and entering mediation. The following agreements expire in 2022:

January 13,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The PEA and HSP Chapter Executive sent the following letter to Minister Dix regarding the urgent need to improve the retention and recruitment of physiotherapists.

December 15,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

We received the following letter from Deputy Minister Tara Richards regarding the activation of Appendix H


November 25,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The PEA has formally requested that Appendix H be activated in response to the emergency support for flooding and landslides.


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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