ORL March Newsletter | Collective Agreement and Working from Home

Publish date: Monday, March 01, 2021

ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

Collective Agreement

Members voted 100% in favour of the tentative agreement. 74.2% of members voted.

Thank you to bargaining committee members Kristy Smith and Tara Thompson for your work on achieving this agreement. 

Highlights of the new collective agreement include: 

  • General wages increase of 1.95% on January 1, 2021, 2% on January 1, 2022, and 2% on January 1, 2023;
  • Benefit improvements to include counselling coverage;
  • Language enabling members to request working from home arrangements and modified work weeks;
  • New language to support members around excessive workload; and
  • A letter of understanding to address the joint job evaluation process.

We will provide more information on the rollout of wage increases, retro pay and benefits improvements in the coming weeks. 

View the complete memorandum of settlement.

Claiming Work from Home on 2020 Income Tax

This is a reminder that members can claim working from home expenses on their 2020 taxes. More information available here.

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 47 Issue 1

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

The May to June 2021 issue includes a look into what it's like to work within UVic's Theatre Department.

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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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