Opportunity to Serve on the Chapter and PEA Executive

Publish date: Tuesday, April 09, 2019

LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers

Thanks to those of you who have already expressed interest in serving on the bargaining team for our upcoming round of contract negotiations. Sam will be reaching out to you over the next week to confirm interest and availability. If anyone else has questions about the role or process, please do not hesitate to email Sam Montgomery. Chapter Executive The LSS chapter also has an opportunity to form a chapter executive. Per chapter bylaws, the Executive shall consist of up to five (5) members and serve as the local reps for the bargaining unit. Given the size of the bargaining unit and timelines for selecting a rep to the PEA executive (see below), we are proposing to forgo establishing a formal nomination committee and simply call for expressions of interest. Should more than five (5) members put their names forward for the chapter executive, then we can move to a vote of the membership. PEA Executive Representation The LSS Chapter has the opportunity to appoint a chapter executive member to the PEA Executive for a one-year term (June 2019 to June 2020). Having a seat on the PEA executive gives the chapter a direct voice and vote in PEA decision making and governance. It is a great learning opportunity to gain knowledge about the PEA, its policies, finances and various labour relations initiatives. The Chapter will need to appoint a representative by mid-May or the opportunity for representation on the PEA Executive will be provided to another PEA chapter. About the PEA Executive The PEA Executive meets approximately 8 to 10 times a year. There are usually four, half day, face-to-face meetings and a two-day strategic planning session. The face-to-face meetings rotate between Richmond and Victoria. The rest of the meetings are web and phone-based, ranging from an hour to three hours in duration. The PEA pays for travel expenses and lost wages. There are four smaller chapters in the PEA that have combined seats that rotate every year. The combined chapters will rotate PEA Executive members for the June 17, 2019 PEA Executive meeting in Richmond. This means that two other PEA chapters will relinquish seats on the Executive and also that the LSS chapter has the opportunity to fill one of those seats. The LSS chapter will need to first appoint a chapter executive and then appoint a representative from that committee to the PEA Executive for the next year (June to June). PEA policy sets out that staff provides two notices to combined chapters and then the available seat on the PEA Executive is offered to a combined chapter without a seat. This email is the chapter's first formal notice and the chapter is asked to appoint an executive member by April 24. Feel free to contact Scott McCannell with interest or questions. Establishing a chapter executive and participating on the PEA executive is a good way to make sure LSS members' voices are heard in the PEA. Please let me know by April 24 if you are interested in serving on your chapter executive and/or the PEA executive.

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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.

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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