PEA wins court battle opposing BCNU raiding

Publish date: Friday, September 29, 2017

We are delighted that the Supreme Court of BC today declined a BC Nurses’ Union appeal and instead sided with the PEA in upholding a 2016 BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision that the raiding of PEA Health Sciences Chapter psychologists by the BCNU was inappropriate. The court has also awarded the PEA costs, meaning the BCNU will have to pay a portion of our legal fees for the appeal. We are looking forward to cashing that cheque so that we can put funds back into member servicing and advocacy.

A raid is where one union attempts to bring another unions’ members into their union. As stated, by the LRB Vice-chair in the original LRB decision, “Raids are recognized as being inherently disruptive in the workplace to employers, unions and employees”. They negatively impact the services union members deliver to the public. They pit unions against each other and redirect resources from other union priorities to the benefit of employers.

The BCNU has been raiding BC unions that represent health sector members for years. As a result, they have been forced out of the Canadian Labour Congress and BC Federation of Labour. The PEA has spent countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars protecting our HSP members in the context of this raid. We hope this sends a message to BCNU members that their union’s leaders continuing efforts to raid union members from other unions is a waste of their resources and that unions are stronger working together.

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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.

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 ten 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 43 Issue 4

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

The December 2017 issue includes a profile of UVic member Sheryl Karras, a review of the BCFED young workers' camp, a review of the year and an article on Change Day 2017.

Read the December 2017 issue



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