PEA News

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.

March 15, 2012

The University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) board passed a motion in September 2011 to ban the purchase and sale of bottled water in the Student Union Building as of April 1, 2012. They have since sent a request to the university administration to implement a complete ban campus-wide.

March 05, 2012

Victoria, BC: The Professional Employees Association (PEA) will be supporting the BC Teacher’s Federation and their fight for free collective bargaining and a fair negotiated agreement by attending the rally at the BC legislature on March 6, 2012.

March 02, 2012

Prince George, BC: Members of the Professional Employees Association (PEA) are extremely troubled by the legislation that was introduced through Bill 22.

February 24, 2012

Victoria, BC: BC Forest Services centenary celebrations scheduled for February 27 are clouded by serious concerns over the BC Government’s ability to effectively manage BC forests.

February 22, 2012

Victoria, BC: Yesterday's budget announcement failed to make needed investments in public services that are key to economic development and recovery in BC.

January 10, 2012

Victoria, BC: The Professional Employees Association (PEA) is extremely concerned that sensitive and confidential employee information was stolen from the University of Victoria.

December 15, 2011

On December 15, 2011 the Professional Employees Association sent a letter to Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education, urging her to withdraw offending provisions in Bill 18, the Advanced Education Statutes Amendment Act.

December 08, 2011

The PEA was notified on October 28th that the Community Health Services and Support Staff (CHSS) chapter were in the process of applying to the
Labour Relations Board (LRB) for representation with the BCGEU. 

October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011

Victoria, BC: The Professional Employees Association (PEA) is pleased to announce a tentative agreement was reached yesterday with the Okanagan Regional Library. The agreement covers approximately 25 Librarians at Okanagan Regional Libraries.

October 03, 2011

October 3, 2011

Victoria, BC: After the Government's Throne Speech today, PEA Executive Director, Scott McCannell has requested more information about the references to the 2012 round of BC public sector bargaining.


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. 

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