Improving Hiring and Appointment Processes in the Public Service

As part of our preparations for bargaining, we are developing proposals to improve hiring processes and appointments in the Public Service.

Some of these proposals will take the shape of bargaining proposals and some will be communicated to the Public Service Agency as part of a larger discussion around possible amendments to the Public Service Act. We have an opportunity to meet with the Deputy Minister in the coming weeks to begin this process.

It may be helpful to review existing rights under the collective agreement and the Public Service Act:

Article 12 of the collective agreement outlines the Service Career Policy. It contains important information regarding union observers on selection panels (article 12.01), notification (article 12.02), selection procedures (article 12.03), appeals (article 12.04), relocations (article 12.05), rehabilitation committee (article 12.06), transfers without posting (article 12.07) and interview expenses (article 12.08).

The Public Service Act also contains important information regarding how appointments to the public service are made (Part 3) and reviews of staffing decisions occur (Part 4).

At this time we are looking for information from our members regarding their experiences with hiring and appointment processes in the public service. We are also looking for your suggestions regarding how the Public Service Act and our collective agreement could be changed. 

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 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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