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The PEA is a union for professionals. Among us are lawyers, foresters, librarians, teachers, engineers and university staff. Because we specialize in representing professionals, we put your unique education, accreditation, skills and training at the forefront.
higher wages for unionized workers over non-unionized workers.
of union members have access to a workplace pension.
lower critical injury claims by unionized workers.
Representing professionals is our specialty. Our members typically have at least one degree and perform highly specialized work, often advising management and making decisions that impact the security and well-being of others.
We understand you have unique needs and obligations in your profession. You have responsibilities—like paying association fees and following your professional code—and you might have additional requirements—like liability insurance.
Your professional needs will guide us to represent you with integrity and intellect. Our work for you will provide a strong foundation, allowing you to focus on your profession and the work you value.
I lack job security and salary protection
As a PEA member you have a collective agreement—a legal contract—that protects your wages, benefits and working conditions.
There is inconsistent treatment in my workplace
Your employer follows clear documentation about fairness and respect at work.
I have a lack of say in scheduling and recognition for overtime
As a PEA member, you have a say about how these are addressed in your collective agreement.
There is no impartial process for resolving complaints
In a union, you have the benefit of a formal process to dispute unjust discipline.
My colleagues and I don’t have protection against unfair treatment
You can raise concerns without fear for job security or retaliation.
I have to request approval to attend professional development opportunities
With a collective agreement, you can have access to paid professional development opportunities to grow your professional skills. The union also provides numerous opportunities to develop your leadership skills within your union.
You’ll have a collective agreement—a legal contract—that lists the terms and conditions of unionized employees in your place of work. Included in this document are compensation, vacation, hours of work, raises, overtime and more. It will also outline how to handle a situation where the collective agreement isn’t being followed. See an example of a collective agreement.
You and all union members will elect colleagues to an executive that will work with your employer’s management on everything related to union members. The executive will also be responsible for making sure the employer is following the terms of the collective agreement.
Union members will be supported by the PEA every step of the way—negotiating the collective agreement, working with management, moving forward with grievances and learning about being in a union.