PEA Will Issue 72-Hour Strike Notice at Noon Today

Publish date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

Dear GLP members,

The PEA will be issuing 72-hour strike notice to the employer at noon today. Under the BC Labour Relations Code, the union must issue strike notice before any strike action can begin. 

You will be notified in advance of when strike action will be taking place at your worksite. For now, all members should report for work as usual.

At the beginning of bargaining, your union leadership made the strategic decision to time our bargaining so that if needed we could be on strike with the BCGEU and not just behind their picket lines. This notice gives us the power to strike effectively, united for future action in coordination with the BCGEU.

Actions You Can Take Now

  • Support the BCGEU picket lines
    All GLP members are encouraged to support BCGEU picket lines, if there is one in your area, during non-work hours. Our support is an important message of solidarity as the BCGEU’s job action will greatly influence all public sector bargaining. Share your thanks with the BCGEU members in your workplace for leading the strike action and putting their members on the picket lines to help achieve COLA for everyone.
  • Show solidarity
    You can also show solidarity by wearing your COLA button, displaying your tent card in your workplace area, updating your TEAMS or ZOOM with the COLA background or visiting the PEA social media Facebook and Twitter pages to share videos and posts. Help us get this video to over 200,000 views!
  • Stay informed
    Sign up for texts regarding job action from the PEA or other unions. Text the word GLP to +778 402 7862

Frequently asked questions regarding job action and picket lines are posted on the Job Action Resource page of the PEA website.

Submit your Direct Deposit Form ASAP
All members must submit their banking information as soon as possible for strike pay processing. Please complete the Authorization to Deposit Funds Form and email it to All pre-submitted direct deposit forms will be prioritized.

We will keep you posted on job action details once they are confirmed.  

In solidarity,

GLP Executive and GLP Bargaining Committee

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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