PEA News

October 23, 2019
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

The UVic PEA Chapter Chair was invited to participate and provide input in the UVic presidential search. Members can read the submission below. 

October 16, 2019

Staff lawyers at the Legal Services Society have voted to strike

October 10, 2019
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The PEA HSP Annual General Meeting will be held via teleconference this year on November 6, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.

October 07, 2019
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

As Chair of the UVic PEA Elections Committee, I am pleased to announce the results of the 2019 UVic PEA Elections.

October 03, 2019

The PEA has made a formal submission to the BC Government's Paid Leave for Domestic or Sexual Violence Engagement Process.

October 02, 2019
LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

This week the PEA launched the Justice 4 Justice Workers campaign to support our PEA members working for the Legal Services Society (LSS).

September 25, 2019

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

September 23, 2019
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear members, 

On Thursday, CUPE 4163 and the University of Victoria reached a tentative agreement through mediation.

September 20, 2019
SMS - St. Margaret's School

In the September newsletter find information on the SMS Executive, your Labour Relations Officer, the date of the AGM, contract increases for the 2019/2020 school year and support for professional

September 20, 2019

The Global Climate Strike is taking place September 20 – 27. Events around the globe are underway.

September 10, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Below you will find the presentation from the GLP Appointments in the Public Service Presentation. 

September 05, 2019

Dear members, 

Your chapter executive and PEA staff have received a number of questions about potential job action by CUPE 4163. 

September 05, 2019
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Nominations for the UVic Chapter Executive positions are due on October 4.

UVic Chapter Executive positions are up for election this year:

September 05, 2019
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

The 2019 UVic Chapter AGM is on Wednesday, November 6 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Arbutus & Queenswood Room, Cadboro Commons. 

September 04, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

If you haven't done so already, fill out the online form by September 8 for the 2019 GLP AGM in Prince George on Monday, October 28 at the Ramada Plaza

August 27, 2019

Dear PEA Members,


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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