A message from the GLP chapter executive to our members

Publish date: Thursday, April 09, 2020

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

The executive of the GLP chapter has been meeting weekly to strategize regarding how best to support our members. The executive is the elected leadership of your union tasked with addressing chapter issues in coordination with our labour relations officer. 

Like many of you, we are working from home trying to juggle competing demands. This is very difficult and we want to especially acknowledge the caregivers out there who are now called to serve both the public and their families without the supports that are normally in place.

If you need help from your union don’t be shy about reaching out to your local rep, any member of the GLP executive or your labour relations officer. Additionally, you can access Employee and Family Assistance Services that are offered through Morneau Shepell. They provide a range of free services including short-term counselling and family support. Call 24 hours per day, seven days a week: 1 800 655 5004.

Science in the Public Service – Evidence for Democracy Survey

We received a good response rate to our survey of members assessing capacity and support for provincial government science in British Columbia. Evidence for Democracy (E4D), the-non-partisan non-profit organization we contracted with to do the research is currently writing the report which we expect will be published this month.

We had planned meetings with Ministers to lobby on our key issues. We hit pause on these and are working on rescheduling.

In light of all of the COVID crisis, the GLP’s message around the need for a robust public service equipped to make science-based decisions has never felt stronger. Stay tuned for the report, updates on our strategy to lobby the government and our campaign.

Upcoming Online Webinars

New Member Orientation

Wednesday, April 29
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Are you new to the PEA? What does it mean to be in a union? Why am I in the PEA? How does our Union work?

Contact membership@pea.org to register

Back to Basics | Understanding your Collective Agreement 

Wednesday, May 6
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Review of the key collective agreement articles. Review of the changes from the memorandum of agreement signed in January 2019. 

Contact membership@pea.org to register

We want to hear from you

Your executive appreciates feedback from our members. Let us know what we can be doing on your behalf. If you have an interesting story that you would like to share in the PEA’s news publications please let us know. We appreciate this kind of communication now more than ever.

Thank you for your continued loyalty to both the public service and your union.

Your GLP Executive,

Sam Davis, Chair
Frank Kohlberger, Vice-Chair
Edmond Margawang, Secretary-Treasurer
Christine Bieber
Elizabeth Hunt
Sabiha Sultana
Patricia Wilson

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 48 Issue 1

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The Spring 2022 issue takes a deep dive into the work of GLP members and their work during provincial emergencies.

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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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