GLP Emergency Response Update

Publish date: Friday, November 19, 2021

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

As the province grapples with yet another devastating emergency we wanted to check in on a number of fronts.

Firstly, to those members who have been displaced or had their lives upended by the floods, landslides and storms, our hearts are with you. We have put forward a Red Cross donation request to the PEA Executive in support of the massive relief effort.

Heroic actions have been taken this week to help impacted communities, and we extend huge thanks to those involved in the emergency response. Many of our members are directly involved in rebuilding the critical infrastructure that has been impacted. Others are being asked to support the emergency response centres throughout the province. The list goes on. This disaster, coming on the heels of a record-breaking forest fire season, on top of an ongoing pandemic, has shown how much the province relies on the public service. During a crisis, the work GLP members do is essential.

Campaign and Lobbying
As you know, the PEA will be bargaining in 2022. As part of our pre-bargaining campaign, we are lobbying the government to address the ongoing significant recruitment and retention issues that impact our members and the public. Since September we have also been working on a campaign that pressures the province to adequately compensate our members who provide critical services in response to emergencies (Information Appendix H).

Appendix H: Work in Response To Emergencies
For those members who have been asked to work evenings, weekends or any time outside of normal work hours - keep track of your time. As far as we know, Appendix H has not been activated, meaning there will be no additional compensation for time worked. To us, this extraordinary volume of work goes well beyond the intent of OSS (Overtime, Shift-Work, and Standby). This is a long-overdue matter that the government needs to urgently address.

Please continue to share stories with us regarding your involvement in this latest emergency and reach out if you need support.

Scott McCannell
PEA Executive Director

Melissa Moroz
Labour Relations Officer

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 48 Issue 1

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The Spring 2022 issue takes a deep dive into the work of GLP members and their work during provincial emergencies.

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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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