PEA News

December 09, 2015
HSP - Health Science Professionals
  • If I join the BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) will I have the same collective agreement as I have now?

December 08, 2015
HSP - Health Science Professionals

Dear members,

You have an important decision to make on which union will represent you. This decision should be made with a full understanding of the facts and we have some concerns about inaccurate information you may have received.

December 07, 2015

In this issue of The Professional

December 04, 2015
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The PEA received notices from the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) yesterday. The British Columbia Nurses’ Union (BCNU) has made application to be certified as the union that would represent PEA psychologists in the Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Island Health Authority and Provincial Health Services Authority.

November 18, 2015
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

As mentioned in our email on November 17, 2015, PEA members at Oil and Gas Commission will receive a wage increase from the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) of 0.45% on May 1, 2016. This will be in addition to the other wage increase in 2016 negotiated by the parties in the last round of negotiations: the 0.5% increase on July 1, 2016.

November 17, 2015
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals, HSP - Health Science Professionals, LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers, UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Members will receive a 0.45% wage increase in 2016 as a result of the Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) clause included in your most recent collective agreement.

November 06, 2015
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Your SMS Executive will be issuing a newsletter to members on a bi-monthly basis. For the first issue, we would like to introduce your Chapter Executive members.

Read the newsletter 

November 05, 2015

Applications are now closed.

Are you 30 and under or know a PEA member who is? All PEA members 30 years of age and under are welcome to put their name forward for the Young Workers in Action training at the CLC Winter School. This training runs February 14 – 19, 2015 at CLC Winter School in Harrison Hot Springs.

October 30, 2015
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Dear members of the PEA at the Law Society,

October 30, 2015
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear members,

The PEA and Chapter Executive are pleased to announce your 2016 bargaining committee members:

October 27, 2015
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

The UVic Chapter AGM will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Arbutus-Queenswood room of the UVic Cadboro Commons building.

A light luncheon will be served for the first 70 members.

October 26, 2015

Beth, a GLP member, was the random winner of the Federal Election contest. Thank you to all members who participated.

October 16, 2015
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

October 29, 2015
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
David Strong Room C 126

The PEA is proud to host Gary Hawton, President of OceanRock Investments, for a lunch-time seminar.

October 14, 2015
SMS - St. Margaret's School

Your collective agreement with the employer expires on June 30, 2016. In preparation for bargaining the union has met in advance with the employer to discuss how parties can work more collaboratively together for the betterment of the school.

October 12, 2015
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Hello PEA Members,

As Chair of the UVic PEA Elections Committee, I am pleased to announce the results of the 2015 UVic PEA Election. Sheryl Karras has been elected by acclamation into the position of Chairperson, and Chris Clausen, Ori Granot, and Mike Cave have been elected by acclamation as Directors at Large.

October 08, 2015
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Your bargaining team has completed three days of bargaining with the Law Society. We have further dates set for later in October, including the 21st and 28th.


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

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