PEA News

February 06, 2017

The Professional Employees Association (PEA) is committed to protecting the privacy, confidentiality, accuracy and security of our members' personal information.

January 30, 2017

The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that there was a conflict of interest in the Government’s approval process that led to a permit for the Shawnigan Lake contaminated waste dump to operate.

January 05, 2017
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Over the past few months, we have been talking with our HSP members through phone calls and meetings. Thank you for speaking with PEA staff and leaders. We heard many of your concerns and we are working with you to take action.

December 14, 2016

We are seeking an experienced and passionate communications officer to join our team for a one-year, full-time position.

December 13, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals, ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

The Municipal Pension Plan is reporting a surplus. It’s largely a result of higher than expected investment returns. That’s good news for ORL and HSP members covered by the plan.

December 12, 2016
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Read a copy of the memo from the LTD Review Steering Committee

December 06, 2016

Thank you to all members who nominated organizations and voted for the shortlist. The 2016 winners and donations are:

November 29, 2016
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Members will receive a 0.35% wage increase in 2017 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your most recent collective agreement.

November 29, 2016
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Members will receive a 0.35% wage increase in 2017 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your most recent collective agreement.

November 29, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Members will receive a 0.35% wage increase in 2017 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your most recent collective agreement.

November 29, 2016
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Four people have put their names forward to participate on the joint classification committee.

November 17, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals

As you may recall, the PEA met with opposition spokespersons for health and mental health in July and had a similar meeting earlier this fall with senior representative from the Ministry of Health.

November 08, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

In this issue of the SMS Union Update you'll find an explanation of vision benefits, information on the Annual General Meeting and a profile on SMS member Sonny Wilson.

Read it here.

October 25, 2016
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

A ratification meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, November 1 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. At the meeting we will review the details of the tentative agreement.

The meeting will be held by teleconference. To access the meeting call 1-888-289-4573 using access code 9452394

October 25, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

All SMS members are invited to the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 24 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. in rooms 10-11.

Click here to add the event to your calendar.

October 24, 2016
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Thanks to all those who attended the PEA Annual General Meeting last month. Minutes from the meeting are now available.


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 2

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

The April-May 2019 issue includes a profile of GLP members Mark and Eric Scott

Read the April-May 2019 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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