PEA News

July 16, 2012

The PEA is actively trying to inform the public about the need for licensed professionals in the public service. 

June 29, 2012

The BCGEU has announced that they will be taking job action. See the latest GLP Bargaining Bulletin here

June 28, 2012

Stay informed about strike pay and more here

June 25, 2012

Victoria, BC: Members of the Professional Employees Association (PEA) at the University of Victoria are being urged to support CUPE members in their strike action.

May 14, 2012

Victoria, BC: The Government Licensed Professionals (GLP) chapter of the Professional Employees Association (PEA) has voted 92% in favour of a strike.

May 08, 2012

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

May 04, 2012

Victoria, BC: The Professional Employees Association (PEA) has launched a media campaign and public awareness website to voice concern over continued deprofessionalization of BC's public service. 

May 02, 2012

You may be aware that CUPE has served 72 hour strike notice on the ORL as of April 30/12.

April 30, 2012

Worksafe BC has recently tested the air quality in the Sedgewick Building Wing C and found issues with air quality that may go back to 1998, see the report here

April 26, 2012

After months of preparation, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) appeared before arbitrator John Hall Monday to argue an application for interim relief in a policy grievance that alleges HEABC is in contravention of the 2010-2012 HSPBA collective agreement for failing or refusing to work towards the objectives agreed to in bargaining.

April 26, 2012

All members are encouraged to participate in the noon hour members meetings on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd at noon. 

April 18, 2012

Victoria, BC: The Professional Employees Association (PEA) is conducting a strike vote of its Government Licensed Professionals chapter that will conclude May 11.

April 10, 2012

The PEA is pleased to announce that Dwaine Martin has joined the PEA on a one-year term appointment.

April 03, 2012

Victoria, BC: The Professional Employees Association (PEA) has reached impasse with the BC Public Service in negotiating a contract for the 1200 Government Licensed Professionals working in the Public Service.

March 30, 2012

The BC government has tabled amendments to Bill 18 in the legislature that do not address the serious concerns the PEA has regarding the undemocratic approach to the board of governors for colleges, institutions and universities.

March 19, 2012

The Professional Employees Association has released its first annual Year in Review to 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 45 Issue 1

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

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