PEA News

October 03, 2018

It’s time to restore scientific integrity in the BC Public Service

October 3, 2018

September 24, 2018
SMS - St. Margaret's School

The PEA conducted a survey on Work Intensification and Environment for members at St. Margaret’s School (SMS).

September 19, 2018
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

The ORL Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm, at the Marten Brewpub in Vernon.

September 06, 2018
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is pleased to announce a new $3-million professional development fund aimed at supporting members of the health care team to undertak

September 04, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Each year, members of the UVic Chapter Executive are elected by the membership to serve two-year terms.

August 29, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

As part of our preparations for bargaining, we are developing proposals to improve hiring processes and appointments in the public service.

July 24, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear PEA Colleagues,

July 24, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Thank you to the members who came out the UVic Bargaining Committee Info Session earlier this month. It is wonderful to see so much engagement and interest in bargaining.

July 04, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear members,

June 29, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals, Oil & Gas Commission

Today, the BC Government released the Professional Reliance Review. You can read it at EngageBC.

June 28, 2018

A first step towards fixing professional reliance

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018
HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union

We are pleased to advise the tentative agreement passed with 82% of members voting in favour of the agreement.

In solidarity,

Your HESU Bargaining Committee

June 22, 2018

PEA Executive Committees are established annually to serve the ongoing functions of the PEA Association Executive.

June 21, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals, HSP - Health Science Professionals, LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers, Oil & Gas Commission, UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Many PEA chapters are already beginning to prepare for bargaining under the next Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) mandate.

June 19, 2018
HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union

A tentative agreement has been reached. Details are available on the HESU Bargaining Page.

June 18, 2018

Last year members sent in photos from their summer vacation or staycations. It was so popular that we’re doing it again. This year, we’re providing three prizes for members who submit pictures.


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 45 Issue 2

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

The April-May 2019 issue includes a profile of GLP members Mark and Eric Scott

Read the April-May 2019 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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