PEA News

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.

February 23, 2016
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Dear members of the PEA at the Law Society,

After months of negotiations, the PEA bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the Law Society on Monday February 22nd, 2016. The committee is unanimously recommending ratification. All members of the PEA are eligible to vote. A majority of voting members is required for ratification.

February 22, 2016



February 15, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals

As a PEA HSP member, you participate in the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). The MPP is defined benefit pension plan that is well governed and will provide participants with a lifetime pension upon retirement. It is never too early or too late to start planning for retirement and these sessions are great way to understand more about your pension plan. There is a "new-to-the-plan or mid-career" seminar that will outline the value of your pension, how the plan works and various tools and resources. There is also a session targeted to those "within five years of retirement". See the spring calendar here for the seminars (see website for updates as it is subject to change).

February 10, 2016
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

UVic PEA members have been invited to attend a weekend lunch and learn on the weekend MBA program offered by the Gustavson School of Business.

February 09, 2016
HSP - Health Science Professionals

February 09, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

In this issue of the SMS Union Update find out about bargaining updates, an upcoming coffee meeting and the PEA's Education Conference.

Read the February issue here

February 04, 2016
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

The union received the following proposed settlement package on January 28, 2016.

Read the settlement package

February 01, 2016
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals
January 26, 2016
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Your PEA bargaining committee met last week to review the bargaining survey results and identify priorities for this round of negotiations. Bargaining dates have been set for February 23 and March 3,4,8 and 9. Both parties are hoping this will be a shorter round of bargaining than has occurred in recent years at SMS. The school has indicated that their proposal package will be much smaller than the 67 proposals they brought forward in 2012. The union believes this will help to expedite discussions.

January 12, 2016
PGSD - Prince George School District

Dear members,

We received official notice today, January 12, 2016, that the Labour Relations Board has granted the application by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation under sections 37 and 142 of the Labour Relations Code.

December 15, 2015
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The HSP AGM is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00pm. The meeting will be held via teleconference to accommodate all our members around the province.


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 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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