UVic Tentative Agreement Available

Publish date: Thursday, January 10, 2019

UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Thank you to those members who attended the meeting last night to review the tentative agreement. Below you will find a link to the tentative agreement. Your UVic Bargaining Committee is recommending members vote yes.

Some highlights of the deal include: 

  • 6 per cent general wage increases over 3 years
  • 0.4 per cent lift to the ceiling rate on July 1, 2021
  • dental and medical benefit improvements
  • addresses critical skills market adjustments
  • improvements to stat holiday pay for employees required to work
  • members will now be able to take long service vacation up front
  • compassionate care leave increased to 27 weeks
  • maternity and parental leave changes to account for changes to the Employment Insurance Act and Employment Standards Act
  • improves process over work scheduling
  • improvements to language that enhances union effectiveness
  • language that guarantees consultation on intellectual property


The tentative agreement can be downloaded here


Members will vote via e-ballot between Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and Monday, January 28, 2019, at noon (Pacific Daylight Time).

All members will receive their ballots to their preferred email on January 16. If you do not receive your ballot, first check your junk mail and then email voting@pea.org or call 1-800-779-7736. Adding pea@simplyvoting.com to your address book can facilitate the delivery of your voting credentials.

The email will contain a link to the voting site and your unique credential information (login and password).

Your UVic Bargaining Committee,

Kristen Ficke, University Systems
Adam Gaudes, University Systems
Ori Granot, Chemistry
Sandra Guerreiro, Theatre
Sheryl Karras, Business
Jesse Oshanek, Student Recruitment and Global Engagement
Al Gallupe, Labour Relations Officer

UVic Tentative Agreement

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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.

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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.

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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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