PEA News

January 21, 2019
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Unfortunately, our Chapter Treasurer and Member-at-Large have recently resigned their positions. The Chapter Executive is hoping to fill these vacancies.

January 17, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

A bargaining bulletin is available for GLP members on the GLP bargaining page. 

January 16, 2019
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP Pharmacists, 

There are two upcoming education opportunities. Come out and join other PEA HSP Pharmacists for these PEA supported Education Sessions.

January 15, 2019
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The January 16, 2019 bargaining meetings have been postponed. A bargaining bulletin will follow shortly with more information.

January 10, 2019
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Thank you to those members who attended the meeting last night to review the tentative agreement. Below you will find a link to the tentative agreement.

January 09, 2019
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The wage grid effective the first pay period after February 1, 2019, is now available to download

January 02, 2019
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Dear PEA members of The Law Society of BC:

December 20, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Joint Message from the PEA and UVic regarding tentative settlement

December 11, 2018
HSP - Health Science Professionals

HSP members can now access the tentative agreement reached in late November on the HSP Bargaining Page. 

December 07, 2018

As you may be aware, the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) was redesigned with changes taking effect for pensionable service on and after April 1, 2018.

December 04, 2018

The PEA was successful in winning four International Labour Communications Association (ILCA) Awards for work completed in 2017. 

November 27, 2018
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS members,

November 19, 2018
HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union

The  April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2021 Collective Agreement is now available on the PEA website. You can find it on the HESU chapter page. 

November 15, 2018

Election of Table Officers

November 09, 2018
HSP - Health Science Professionals

After almost 10 weeks of bargaining, a three-year tentative agreement has been reached between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC

November 09, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals, HSP - Health Science Professionals, LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers, Oil & Gas Commission, UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Members will receive a 0.75% wage increase in 2019 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your most recent collective agreement.


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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