Public Service Employees affected by wildfires – messages from the PSA to the PEA

Publish date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The PEA has received two important messages from the Public Service Agency (PSA) regarding the wildfires, Paid administrative leave Employees who are unable for safety reasons to come in to work or work from another location as a result of the wildfire situation can be placed on paid administrative leave for the duration of the safety concern, regardless of whether their actual work location is safe to work at or not. Examples of where this will apply include situations where the employee cannot come into work as a result an evacuation order, evacuation alert or wildfire-related road closure and the employee is unable to work from home or another location. Employees who are able to maintain their work duties from home or other location should be encouraged to do so and do not require placement on administrative leave. Wildfire-related emergency and invoking the use of Information Appendix H Appendix H can be viewed on page 207 of the GLP collective agreement. I have followed up with the PSA for more information about our members being called on for leave for meritorious services. Currently, the PSA has no additional information from the ministries regarding who has been, or may be called on. As is always a good practice, our members should keep track of their hours worked in the event that we need to make arguments for additional compensation. Contact your labour relations officer Melissa Moroz if you any have questions.

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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.

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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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