Media Release: BC’s union of professionals joins the BC Federation of Labour

Publish date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Victoria, BC: Members of the Professional Employees Association (PEA) have voted in favour of ongoing affiliation to the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED).

“This is a significant step forward for our organization," said PEA Executive Director Scott McCannell. “Never in our 42-year history have we faced a more challenging labour environment with sub-standard wage increases. This decision complements our goals of reaching out to like-minded organizations committed to defending public services in BC.”

“I’m pleased to welcome the PEA into the BCFED,” said Irene Lanzinger, President of the BCFED. “The PEA will add their voice to our growing organization that is committed to defending public services and advocating for better working conditions and wages for all British Columbians.” 

The PEA has been unaffiliated since 1974, when the union was formed. PEA members participated in a three-year trial affiliation with the BCFED from 2013-2016. 85% of voting members were in favour of affiliation to the BCFED and CLC.

About the PEA
The Professional Employees Association is a labour union representing 2500 professionals across British Columbia. Members’ professions range widely and include engineers, foresters, librarians, lawyers, physiotherapists, teachers and more.

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Media contact:
Brett Harper
bharper@pea.org
250-507-6406 (cell)
 

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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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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