Call for Candidates for the GLP Bargaining Committee

Publish date: Monday, March 15, 2021

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

The Sixteenth Main Collective agreement between the Professional Employees Association (PEA) and the Government of the Province of British Columbia expires March 31, 2022. 

Your elected Government Licensed Professionals (GLP) chapter executives members are preparing for this upcoming round of bargaining. It is time to form the Bargaining Committee that will represent members of the Government Licensed Professionals chapter at the bargaining table. Your chapter executive has updated the policy regarding the formation of the bargaining committee to ensure that the process is both democratic and representative of our members in terms of licensed professions, geographic locations, genders and years of service.

The Bargaining Committee will be made up of seven members (previously six). The additional member will come from the elected chapter executive to ensure that there is a connection between the bargaining committee and the executive. The seventh member will also ensure that in the event the bargaining committee is unable to reach consensus on an issue and a vote is required, a majority (e.g., four versus three) can be achieved.  

The time commitment for members of the Bargaining Committee is significant (e.g., three days/month for one year or more). Meetings may take place virtually or in person in Victoria. Union leave is provided.

Committee members will develop the membership bargaining survey, assist in developing proposals, meet with representatives of the employer, report back to members on progress of the committee and make recommendations for action (e.g., propose to ratify the contract, take a strike vote, etc.).

If more than six members respond to the call for candidates, an online election will take place in April. Only the names of the seven members of the bargaining committee will be announced.

We recognize and appreciate the commitment involved in serving the members as a representative on the bargaining committee.

Thank you for submitting the Candidate Profile Forms. The deadline was midnight on April 1. View the full Contract Bargaining Policy below.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact any member of your GLP Chapter Executive or your labour relations officer.

Policy 6: GLP Contract Bargaining Committee

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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.

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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.

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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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