BC Public Service Vaccine Mandate

Publish date: Wednesday, October 06, 2021

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

Yesterday the Deputy Minister to the Premier announced that the BC Public Service will require all employees to be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. The PEA encourages all members to follow health orders and to be fully vaccinated.

The PEA was not consulted regarding this new policy. In conversations with the Employer yesterday it was made clear that only a very small number of members with a medically documented reason will be exempt from the vaccination mandate through an accommodation process. If an unvaccinated member without a documented accommodation faces discipline by the Employer, the member may grieve that discipline. However, that grievance could be found to be without merit.

We are reviewing the impact on members with legal counsel and will be looking at the implementation of this policy in detail when it is released on November 1. To understand the Employer’s position, please read the BC Public Service question and answer guide.

The implementation of telework agreements and returning to the workplace has also been pushed back to November 22 in alignment with the vaccination requirement. The PEA has been advocating for a delayed return to office, as well as workplace safety, with the Deputy Minister for the last few months and you can read our correspondence on the PEA webpage. The PEA will be meeting with the Employer for a joint standing committee meeting on October 14 to discuss health and safety measures.

Please connect with Melissa Moroz, PEA Labour Relations Officer regarding any issues.  

Scott McCannell
PEA Executive Director

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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.

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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