PEA News

July 15,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The GLP Chapter is giving notice that elections for its Executive will take place this year. Your union needs an effective Executive Committee with inspired and committed members working on behalf

June 24,

As the number of mass burial sites and unmarked graves continues to grow, including those from the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, we mourn with Indigenous people across Canada.

June 08,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Working in partnership with the government of British Columbia, the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association has secured $3 million in new funding to support professional development for

June 08,
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather in the lead up to summer. We have a few updates for you this month.

May 31,

We are saddened by the recent news of the 215 Indigenous children found in a mass burial site at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory.

May 20,
FMA - Family Maintenance Agency, GLP - Government Licensed Professionals, HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union, HSP - Health Science Professionals, LABC - Legal Aid BC, LSL - Law Society Lawyers, Oil & Gas Commission, ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians, SMS - St. Margaret's School, UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Volunteer on a PEA Executive Committee! Our Executive Committees are established following convention to serve the ongoing functions of the Association.

May 17,

Volunteer on a PEA Executive Committee!

April 12,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The online election for the GLP Bargaining Committee is open from April 8 at 2:00 p.m. to April 15 at 10:00 a.m.

April 01,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

As you are aware, your PEA Bargaining Committee has been preparing for collective bargaining with the school this spring, as our Collective Agreement expires June 31, 2021. The school has approache

March 15,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The Sixteenth Main Collective agreement between the Professional Employees Association (PEA) and the Government of the Province of British Columbia expires March 31, 2022. 

March 15,
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Some of you have asked the Chapter Executive if the Law Society has plans for a return to the workplace in the near future.

March 10,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Changes effective first pay period after April 1

March 04,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Sandra Guerreiro has been elected for the Director Position on the UVic Chapter Executive. Sandra will assume office immediately; the term will last until the 2021 Annual General Meeting.

March 04,

The Okanagan Regional Library and Professional Employees Association are pleased to announce that they have successfully completed negotiations and have a new collective agreement.

March 01,
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Collective Agreement

Members voted 100% in favour of the tentative agreement. 74.2% of members voted.

February 26,
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Boarding Staff – requesting advance leave/switching a shift or reporting an absence:


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 48 Issue 1

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

The Spring 2022 issue takes a deep dive into the work of GLP members and their work during provincial emergencies.

Read the latest 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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