GLP Classifications

Publish date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Qualifications review:

As part of collective bargaining, we agreed to conduct a Qualifications review in collaboration with the Employer. This qualifications review is to look at all employees occupying positions currently classified as LSO – Other. The goal is to document and improve data integrity.

Preliminary information using public-facing websites of professional associations and information on personnel files was gathered. Once professional registration is verified, you will be automatically moved from LSO – Other classifications to the classification which aligns with your professional registration. The employer may contact you to confirm information.

This is not a classification review, and no change to salary grid levels will occur as a result of this review.  

Going forward, LSO – OTH will only be used as a placeholder for hiring purposes, and hiring managers will update the classification for successful applicants on competitions to the correct classification aligning with their professional registration. 


Market adjustments for Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.)

LSO 3, LSO 4, LSO 5 Classification

The Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.) LSO (3, 4, 5) classification will receive a market adjustment of 3.0% beginning on April 1, 2021, as part of the new Main Agreement that came into effect April 1, 2019.  To be able to pay Geoscientists, it is critical that employees are assigned to classifications that align with their professional registration.

Note: There was also an administrative amendment to update the Classification title for the LSO Geo classification from LSO Geologist to LSO Geoscientist. This update brings the classification title in line with the current titling that is used by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. for identification of those professionally registered as P.Geo.

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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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