PEA News

August 20, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The GLP Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 GLP Elections.

August 12, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Due to the announcement of the Federal Election date, the GLP AGM has been moved to Monday, October 28.

July 25, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

This a call for candidates for the 2019 GLP Executive Elections.

July 17, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The PEA submitted to the Forest and Range Practices Act Review.

June 27, 2019
LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

The PEA made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services for Budget 2020. Our focus was on restoring legal aid funding in BC. 

June 13, 2019
May 29, 2019
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear UVic Members,

The PEA UVic Chapter Executive invites UVic PEA members to our Annual Summer Pond Party on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the University Club from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.

May 27, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear members,

May 16, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The presentation on the collective agreement is available. Members must log in to view the presentation.

May 15, 2019

Dear members, 

May 14, 2019
LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

Dear PEA Members at the Legal Services Society,​

Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in serving on the PEA Chapter Executive and Bargaining Team.

May 08, 2019
May 08, 2019

As part of the PEA’s Strategic Plan, the Association Executive wanted to make members aware of the impact of BC Federation Labour (BCFED) affiliation.

May 06, 2019

On Saturday, May 4 Convention delegates elected four table officers to serve a two-year term:

May 05, 2019

Thank you to all delegates who attended Convention. The Presentations from the Friday session of Convention are available. Members must login to view the presentations.

April 29, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP Members, 

The PEA will be hosting three web-based noon-hour sessions on May 15 and 16, 2019 to review your collective agreement and some of the recent changes.


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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