PEA News

February 14,
LABC - Legal Aid BC

Dear LSS members,

This is to inform you that 90 per cent of voting members supported the tentative agreement. 80 per cent of members voted.

February 13,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear Victoria GLP members,

January 27,

According to Health Canada, on December 31, 2019 a cluster of cases of pneumonia were reported in Wuhan, China, and the cause has now been confirmed as the new 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

January 24,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear pharmacists,

January 14,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Thank you to everyone who attended the Public Interest Disclosure Act webinar on January 16 which was presented by the Office of the BC Ombudsperson. Below are the materials from the webinar:

December 11,

The PEA's scholarship and bursary program has changed its deadline date to June 30.

November 21,
LABC - Legal Aid BC

November 21, 2019 (Victoria) – Starting tomorrow, the Legal Services Society (LSS) staff lawyers are taking work-to-rule job action. All legal aid centres will remain open.

November 08,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

November 07,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP Members, 

November 05,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members, 

October 31,
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The Professional Reliance Task Force and the Scientific Integrity Committee are a joint union and employer commitment made by the BC PSA & the PEA in the most recent collective agreement.

October 30,
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

The AGM of the Law Society Lawyers Chapter of the PEAProfessional Employees Association will be held at 12:00 p.m. on November 7.

October 28,

October 28, 2019 (Victoria) – Legal Services Society (LSS) unionized staff lawyers, represented by the Professional Employees Association (PEA), have issued 72-hour strike notice as of today. 

October 23,
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

The UVic PEA Chapter Chair was invited to participate and provide input in the UVic presidential search. Members can read the submission below. 

October 16,

Staff lawyers at the Legal Services Society have voted to strike

October 10,
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The PEA HSP Annual General Meeting will be held via teleconference this year on November 6, 2019, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.


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. 

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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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