2020 GLP Update

Publish date: Friday, December 18, 2020

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

With the end of 2020 in sight, I wanted to give an update on some of the changes that have happened these past few months and some of the new year plans.

New GLP Chapter Chair & 2021 Priorities
At the GLP Executive meeting last week, Christine Bieber was appointed as the new GLP Chapter Chair. Christine is a geoscientist who works in Victoria. She was the chair of the GLP Bargaining team, a member of the Executive and is also the chair of the union’s scientific integrity committee. Christine is very knowledgeable of GLP priorities and is well-positioned as the new Chair to advance the chapter.

The 2020 Evidence for Democracy survey has been instrumental in helping the GLP Executive understand the areas that require focus and improvement. With the new government in place, we will be requesting Minister meetings to communicate member priorities and find collaborative solutions. We will also be advancing goals on several joint committees.

Thank you, Sam Davis
We wish Sam Davis all the best with his retirement from the FLNRORD this past November. Sam has given a lot in his roles as chapter chair for the GLP for the past four years and as a long-time local rep and member of the PEA Executive, and in his work as the Indigenous Relations Liaison, BC Timber Sales for the Cariboo-Chilcotin.   

Get Social for Scientists
Paul van Westendorp, BC’s apiarist, is featured in the latest edition of The Professional, sharing his recent work to protect the province from threats like the Asian Giant Hornet. If you follow the PEA on Facebook or Twitter, please share the video featuring Paul and help get the word out that we need the important work of our public scientists more than ever.

Save the Date: Evidence for Democracy Webinar - January 20, 2021
Our professional reliance and scientific integrity committee continue to work with Evidence for Democracy, who will be hosting a series of workshops for members in 2021. Save the date for the first one on January 20, 2021, at 12 p.m. - details to come in the new year

Thank You Local Reps
This year has been unlike any other and we have relied on our local reps to help support our members throughout the province. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered their time and energy to this role, we appreciate everything you do for the chapter.

Wishing everyone a safe holiday season.

Melissa Moroz
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. 

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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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