February 2021 GLP Webinars

Publish date: Monday, January 18, 2021

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

In addition to the webinars we are offering with Evidence for Democracy, the PEA is also hosting the following union-focused virtual sessions that are open to all GLP members:

New Member Orientation

Wednesday, February 3
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Register for the New Member Orientation

This webinar will cover what it means to be in a union and how the union works. We'll review terminology, the decision-making process, grievances, how bargaining works and more.

Back to Basics: Understanding Your Collective Agreement 

Wednesday, February 11
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Register for Back to Basics

This webinar will be held the week after the New Member Orientation and will review the key collective agreement articles. 

Collective Bargaining

Wednesday, February 24
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Register for Collective Bargaining

This webinar will provide members with an overview of the collective bargaining process. A few of our chapters will begin bargaining preparation this year and any members who are interested in being involved should plan to attend. 

E4D Webinars

Registration is also open for our second session in collaboration with Evidence for Democracy and it's not too late to sign up for the first session, which is scheduled for later this week. 

Session 1: Connecting with your political representatives
January 20, 12 p.m. PST. Presented by Katie Gibbs.
Register here

In this session, we will discuss the benefits of meeting with your MLA, how to go about getting and preparing for a meeting, and tools for building a lasting relationship and effectively delivering your message.

Session 2: Communicating to government policymakers
with briefing notes
February 23, 12 p.m. PST. Presented by Dr. Alana Westwood
Register here

This session will walk through the value of briefing notes as a tool for connection, how to craft an effective briefing note, and how to deliver your briefing note to your MLA and build a lasting connection.

We hope to record all of these sessions and make them available to those who are unable to attend. Union leave will not be provided. Please email membership@pea.org with any questions. 

Thank you, 

GLP Executive

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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