PEA News

May 09, 2016
LSL - Law Society Lawyers
May 05, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals, LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

The Municipal Pension Board of Trustees (board) has decided to change group benefits for retired members effective January 1, 2017. 

May 04, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear members,

The PEA would like to ask for your input regarding residence call in procedures. I will be meeting with the residence manager to discuss if any changes should be made. Please review the “Call in procedures” document and provide me with you feedback by Friday May 13th.

April 29, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear HSP psychologist,

Part of our commitment to you during the union representation vote was to listen to your concerns. 

We heard from many members during one-on-one conversations in December and January. We would like to take the time to ensure we have heard all your concerns and discuss an action plan to move these issues forward. 

April 12, 2016

APRIL 12, 2016

April 11, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear members,

The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled on the BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) application to represent PEA and HSA psychologists. The application was denied and the votes cast will not be counted.

This means that PEA psychologists will remain in the PEA.

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

Dear members,

PEA members have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective agreement with St. Margaret's School. 96.1 percent of voting members accepted the agreement.
The agreement is in effect July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2021. Full details of the agreement can be found on our website.

April 07, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear PEA Members,

Public Service Pension Plan - June 2

Some of our HSP members who were previously transferred from the public service continue to participate in the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP). 

March 30, 2016
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Members will be asked to vote on ongoing affiliation to the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) via online ballot between May 9 and 20, 2016.

UVic members can attend a seminar on campus to find out more about affiliation. Pizza will be provided.

March 30, 2016

Members will be asked to vote on ongoing affiliation via online ballot between May 9 and 20, 2016. Attend a webinar to find our more about affiliation and to ask questions.

April 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT)

May 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. (PDT) and 12:00 p.m. (PDT)

Call and log-in numbers below:

Toll-Free: 1-888-289-4573

March 10, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear members,

Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with the employer. 

March 07, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

The bargaining committee worked very hard with the employer on Thursday and Friday last week. At times the talks were challenging, but the parties’ commitment to reaching a fair and reasonable agreement drove the discussions.

March 04, 2016
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Dear members,

PEA members have voted 62.9% in favour of a new three-year collective agreement with the Law Society.

March 01, 2016

In the greater scheme of things, the federal Liberal Party’s election campaign promise to appoint a Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Canada was not a pivotal issue, but it was an important shift in mindset, and now that Justin Trudeau’s party is in power, it could have significant implications for the government of B.C.

February 26, 2016
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

We have been approached by a numbers of members with questions about the process following a possible no vote of the proposed contract for 2016 - 2018. Here is a summary that we hope will answer your questions. Please feel free to connect with members of the committee.

What happens if members vote no?

February 24, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear members,

Parties began collective bargaining yesterday. Proposal packages were exchanged and briefly discussed. The employer’s package is quite different from the last round. There are a number of inconsequential “housekeeping” items along with approximately six proposals regarding the terms and conditions your employment. Your bargaining committee can report that overall the employer’s package is not proposing any significant concessions.

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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 1

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

The January/February 2019 issue includes a profile of SMS member Bev Waterfield

Read the January/February 2019 issue

 

 

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