Updated Pay Rates Delayed – Employees to receive retro pay

Publish date: Wednesday, April 03, 2019

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The Union has received notice from the Employer that due to the timing of ratification there will be a delay in receiving new rates of pay as outlined in the new Collective Agreement (effective April 1, 2019). Employees will receive retro pay based on appropriate calculations. The Employer has not confirmed a date, but they have indicated that by the end of May 2019 employees should see the retro pay reflected on their pay cheques.

We will be posting revised salary schedules as soon as possible. Here you will be able to see the updated rates of pay for the next three years.

Retro calculations will be based on general wage increases of 2 per cent starting the first pay period after April 1, 2019 plus the new partial top step ($130 annually) for employees who are at the top step of their salary range.

For employees not at the top step, the 2 per cent general wage will apply and then the normal date for increment increases will apply (i.e., the effective date of the increment increase will be the first day of the pay period after the anniversary date of appointment to the current position).

Professional fee schedule 2019-2022

Regular employees who have completed their probationary period are entitled to reimbursement in full of their annual licensing fee, upon application and presentation of a receipt (effective April 1, 2019, not to exceed the fee schedule as set on January 1, 2019).

The approved professional fee schedule can be found here.

Please see section 3.05 Membership in Professional and Allied Associations, Etc. in your collective agreement for more information.

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 2

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

The April-May 2019 issue includes a profile of GLP members Mark and Eric Scott

Read the April-May 2019 issue



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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