PEA News

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.

October 12, 2016

October 10, 2016

There are opportunities to volunteer on the Table Officer Elections Committee, Education Committee and Awards Committee!

September 27, 2016
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

David Zirnhelt is the keynote speaker at the GLP AGM. Mr. Zirnhelt is a rancher and a consultant in economic development and land use policy. 

September 13, 2016
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the UVic Chapter on Tuesday, November 8 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in the Arbutus Queenswood Room, Cadboro Commons.


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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