PEA News

September 19, 2018
ORL - Okanagan Regional Librarians

The ORL Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm, at the Marten Brewpub in Vernon.

September 06, 2018
HSP - Health Science Professionals

The Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) is pleased to announce a new $3-million professional development fund aimed at supporting members of the health care team to undertak

September 04, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Each year, members of the UVic Chapter Executive are elected by the membership to serve two-year terms.

August 29, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals

As part of our preparations for bargaining, we are developing proposals to improve hiring processes and appointments in the public service.

July 24, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear PEA Colleagues,

July 24, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Thank you to the members who came out the UVic Bargaining Committee Info Session earlier this month. It is wonderful to see so much engagement and interest in bargaining.

July 04, 2018
UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Dear members,

June 29, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals, Oil & Gas Commission

Today, the BC Government released the Professional Reliance Review. You can read it at EngageBC.

June 28, 2018

A first step towards fixing professional reliance

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June 28, 2018
HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union

We are pleased to advise the tentative agreement passed with 82% of members voting in favour of the agreement.

In solidarity,

Your HESU Bargaining Committee

June 22, 2018

PEA Executive Committees are established annually to serve the ongoing functions of the PEA Association Executive.

June 21, 2018
GLP - Government Licensed Professionals, HSP - Health Science Professionals, LSS - Legal Services Society Lawyers, Oil & Gas Commission, UVic - University of Victoria Administrative and Academic Professionals

Many PEA chapters are already beginning to prepare for bargaining under the next Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) mandate.

June 19, 2018
HESU - Hospital Employees’ Staff Union

A tentative agreement has been reached. Details are available on the HESU Bargaining Page.

June 18, 2018

Last year members sent in photos from their summer vacation or staycations. It was so popular that we’re doing it again. This year, we’re providing three prizes for members who submit pictures.

June 18, 2018

We’re collecting your input in the annual membership survey from June 25 - July 13, 2018.

June 08, 2018
LSL - Law Society Lawyers

Minutes from the May 24, 2018 bargaining meeting are online. Members must log in to view the minutes. 


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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