Public Sector Bargaining Update

Publish date: Thursday, June 21, 2018

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

HSP - Health Science Professionals

LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

Oil & Gas Commission

UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Many PEA chapters are already beginning to prepare for bargaining under the next Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) mandate. At this time, there have been four tentative settlements reached under the new PSEC mandate, which the government has labelled “The Sustainable Services Mandate”. 

The BCGEU has reached a settlement with the BC Public Service Agency for their 27,000 members working in the public service.  

The BCGEU negotiated two other settlements covering approximately 32,000 workers in the community health sector and in the community social services sector. As well, CUPE has reached a tentative settlement for K-12 support staff workers across the province.

These settlements all provide three-year terms with 2% general wage increases in each year. In addition, there appear to a number of other compensation and language improvements.   

The PEA has been participating on the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) Working Group that includes other BCFED unions that bargain under PSEC mandates.  Through this committee, we have been able to get updates on bargaining plans and overviews of the tentative settlements. As well, we are participating on a communications committee that is developing generic messaging for bargaining and gathering public polling information.

We should be able to provide members with more details as finalized information becomes available. 

It most likely, these settlements will set a pattern for the rest of the public sector, which encompasses 326,000 unionized employees and various PEA chapters: Government Licensed Professionals Chapter, Health Science Professionals, Legal Services Society, University of Victoria, and Oil and Gas Commission.

At this time, it appears many other unions will be seeking bargaining dates for the fall. Stay tuned for chapter-specific updates in the coming weeks.

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. 

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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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