Strategic Plan & Member Survey

The PEA Executive has finalized the PEA's strategic plan for 2017/18. Priorities are:

  • continuing and expanding membership engagement 
  • building alliances
  • increasing public awareness
  • making sure the PEA has the resources to achieve its goals and provide quality services to members

To achieve these objectives, the PEA will continue to support member education as a means of building our internal capacity. For example, the PEA is sending six members to CLC Winter School this year. We had tremendous interest from members and encourage those who were not able to attend to watch for additional learning opportunities over the course of the year.

The plan also emphasizes improving our new member orientation process, engaging our young members and supporting equity and diversity in the PEA. Another focus is early preparations for 2019 bargaining and part of accomplishing this will be engaging with members to hear their thoughts

As in previous years, the PEA's strategic plan reflects feedback from the annual members' survey and is fully integrated with the annual budget which is reviewed at Convention. The plan is reviewed twice a year for progress by the Executive.

Strategic Plan 2017 - 2018

Strategic Plan Scorecard November 2016

Review financial statements (members-only)

The PEA's overall goal is to build the power and influence of the PEA to better represent members and serve the public interest. Four key initiatives fall under this goal:


An active, engaged PEA membership builds union capacity to defend valuable services to the public and to ensure fair wages and good working conditions:

  1. Develop the union education program to increase leadership capacity within the PEA
  2. Increase capacity of PEA to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for all members
  3. Encourage chapter-driven small commitment opportunities to increase member involvement 
  4. Maintain PEA-member communications


Strong alliances with other unions and with communities enhance PEA power, profile and security:

  1. Engage with the broader labour movement and support member-driven initiatives 
  2. Continue to support members to organize around social, economic and environmental issues that are important to their communities
  3. Seek out and respond to opportunities to grow the PEA membership
  4. Continue to provide resources to defend members against raiding 


The public, members, elected officials and employers value the Role of PEA Members in serving the public good:

  1. Highlight the valuable role of PEA members and the PEA
  2. Develop pre-bargaining and bargaining strategies leading to 2019
  3. Strengthen PEA credibility and non-partisan presence among members and in the political arena


The PEA has sufficient people and financial resources and appropriate governance structure to realize its strategic goals and provide core services:

  1. Continuously identify and evaluate PEA needs/wants and assess financial and personnel implications
  2. Continue to strengthen the PEA servicing model to better support membership
  3. Support executive and staff in fulfilling their roles

Member Survey Results

The PEA conducts an annual member survey in order to develop our strategic plan and inform the priorities for the year to come. The feedback provided in the survey is vital in helping us to shape the PEA to work as effectively as it can for members.

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

Read the January/February 2019 issue



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