Global Climate Strike

Publish date: Friday, September 20, 2019

The Global Climate Strike is taking place September 20 – 27. Events around the globe are underway. Millions of people of all ages are walking out of classrooms, workplaces and homes to protest events to support climate justice.

Our members have endorsed resolutions supporting action against climate change at our Convention. In member surveys and polling, climate change and the environment are top priorities for PEA members.

Members who want to participate. Members have contacted the PEA asking about their rights to participate in protest events. Although the movement is using the term “strike,” this does not award you the same protections as a legal strike under the BC Labour Relations Code. If you choose to walk off the job without approval, you may be subject to discipline by your employer. As professionals, many of us have considerable flexibility in our collective agreements and an ability to take leave. If you want to participate in the protest events, please use your time off provisions to do so (e.g.,  vacation, flextime, etc.).

Pickets at members’ worksites. Some members may encounter picket lines at their worksites. If you are unable to report to work because you face a picket line, do not try to cross the picket line. Contact your union at 1-800-779-7736 and your supervisor seeking further instructions.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your union if you have any questions.

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 46 Issue 1

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

The January-February 2020 issue includes a Vancouver Sun op/ed piece from PEA Executive Director Scott McCannell on the Legal Services Society strike.

Read the January-February 2020 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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