Special Report: Opportunities to Improve the Forest and Range Practices Act

Publish date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

BC’s Forest Watchdog reports on 20 years of recommendations to the BC Government on improving forest management and concludes, “Government has told the Board that it accepts 56 (of 60) recommendations…Just over half these actions have been fully or partially implemented…However for many of the governments promised actions, the board has no evidence they have been carried out”. PEA licensed science officers positions have been cut by 25 per cent so it is not surprising the Government has not been able to take action.

The report details how government managers are powerless to stop logging companies from damaging the environment and ignoring community values, how are drinking water supplies have been polluted and how the public has been excluded from planned forestry activities.The Government is currently reviewing the legislative framework known as Professional Reliance, that has resulted in a lack of professional oversight and threats to publicly owned forests and public safety.

FPB: Special Report


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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 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 43 Issue 4

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

The October 2018 issue includes a profile of UVic member Susan Dempsey

Read the October 2018 issue

 

 

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