November 22, 2022 (Victoria) – Government Licensed Professionals (GLP) have voted 80 per cent in favour of the tentative agreement reached with the BC Public Service Agency. The 1,200 licensed professionals include agrologists, engineers, foresters, geoscientists, pharmacists, psychologists, veterinarians and more.
The main highlights of the tentative agreement are general wage increases, as well as increases to the top step of the salary grid for professionals. These were the two main priorities that were identified by members during the extensive consultation that was conducted prior to bargaining.
“It was a challenging round of bargaining, and we spent 28 days at the table,” said Melissa Moroz, Labour Relations Officer with the PEA. “Our members have voted to accept this agreement, but it does not fundamentally address the province’s systemic issues to hire and retain the professionals needed to perform the services we all rely on, including compensation during provincial emergencies.”
The PEA 17th Main Agreement is now in effect until March 31, 2025, with a number of terms retroactive to when the agreement expired on April 1, 2022.
Learn more about the work of Government Licensed Professionals: www.glpbargaining.ca
About the PEA
The Professional Employees Association is a labour union for professionals. Formed in 1974 to represent the Government Licensed Professionals employed in the BC public service, the union has grown to represent professionals in the education, legal, union and health care sectors.
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Jordana Whetter, Senior Communications Officer
Phone: 250-385-8791 ext. 210