Election 2017

Election Update

A new BC Provincial Government made up of NDP and Green Members of the Legislature was sworn in on July 18, 2017, led by Premier John Horgan. You can learn more about the new cabinet on the BC Government website.

PEA staff will be working with chapters to gather stories, facts and information to support continued political outreach, so we are prepared to meet with a new government as soon as it is in place. We will be asking you to help us over the course of the coming weeks so that we can make the most of the opportunities to influence the new government and politicians of all stripes. Given that more than 90 per cent of our members work in the public sector, this is a significant opportunity – please be ready to work with your union.

We have sent meeting requests to; Minister of Forests (Doug Donaldson), Minister of the Environment (George Heyman), Minister of Energy and Mines (Michele Mungall) and the Minister of Agriculture (Lana Popham), as well as MLA Andrew Weaver and will keep you updated of our findings.

Election 2017

When we asked our members what issue what most important to them in the 2017 election, they ranked these three priorities as most important to them:

  • The environment and climate change.
  • Cost of living.
  • Affordable housing.

The PEA sent seven questions to candidates of the three main parties in the ten ridings with the most PEA members. The questions reflected PEA members’ election priorities from a fall 2016 survey. The BC NDP and BC Liberal candidates responses to the questions were addressed centrally on behalf of the ten candidates. Four responses were received from the BC Green Party candidates in Saanich North and the Islands, Kamloops South-Thompson, Victoria-Beacon Hill and Esquimalt-Metchosin. Following are links to the verbatim responses from candidates.

Tthe party platforms can be viewed below for reference. 

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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 ten 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. 

The Professional | Volume 43 Issue 4

The Professional is the PEA's award-winning, quarterly magazine for members.

The December 2017 issue includes a profile of UVic member Sheryl Karras, a review of the BCFED young workers' camp, a review of the year and an article on Change Day 2017.

Read the December 2017 issue

 

 

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