Are you interested in being on the LSS Bargaining Committee?

Publish date: Friday, February 08, 2019

LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

Dear PEA members at the Legal Services Society,

Your current collective agreement with the Legal Services Society expires on September 30, 2019. The employer has approached the PEA with a desire to negotiate a new collective agreement early.

The political situation in our province has convinced many public sector unions and their members to get to the bargaining table early. I believe that getting started on LSS bargaining soon is a good idea.

I'm looking for LSS members who would like to sit on the PEA’s bargaining committee. Any interested members can email me, Al Gallupe. I can explain, for those who haven’t served on the bargaining committee before, what it would entail.

We are seeking 2 to 4 members for the bargaining committee. If we have more people who want to serve, we would consider having an election.

Sam Montgomery will be returning from her maternity leave in early March and will continue to lead the bargaining committee through the process.

Thank you,

Al Gallupe
Labour Relations Officer

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 45 Issue 1

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

The January/February 2019 issue includes a profile of SMS member Bev Waterfield

Read the January/February 2019 issue

 

 

Members Login

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
10 + 3 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.