For Local Reps

Training

All local reps are encouraged to attend training sessions. If you would like to register for a training course please contact the Membership Department.

Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Training

The PEA is offering a two-day training event to current Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) committee members and local representatives on November 22 and 23, 2018. The BC Federation of Labour’s (BCFED) Health and Safety Centre will be facilitating this event and members will learn about topics including workplace bullying and harassment and preventing workplace stress.

Due to the high number of members interested in attending the training, the deadline for expressions of interest is now closed. Those members not selected for the November 2018 course will be given preference to attend OH&S course in February 2019 .

Advanced Level Local Rep Training

Future dates to be announced

The Advanced Level Local Rep Training Session in Victoria, BC is open to all local reps and chapter executive members who have previously attended the basic level local rep training course. The course will build on the skills learned in the basic level session and focus on human rights, the basics of organizing and communication with members, and more. 

Basic Level Local Rep Training

Future dates to be announced

The workshop provides the opportunity to learn about the PEA, labour relations and collective bargaining, and develop skills that will assist in the role a PEA local representative. The PEA reimburses travel, accommodations, meals and other expenses necessary to attend this local rep training, consistent with our policy. 

 

Health and Safety

All Occupational Health and Safety Representatives are entitled to an annual educational leave totalling 8 hours, or a longer period if prescribed by regulation, for the purposes of attending occupational health and safety training courses conducted by or with the approval of the Board. The employer must provide the educational leave under this section without loss of pay or other benefits and must pay for, or reimburse the worker for, the costs of the training course and the reasonable costs of attending the course.

The BCFED Health and Safety Centre provides year-round training. Visit their website here.

 

Resources

New Members

New Member Guide


New Member Orientation Checklist


Other Resources

Member-Sign-In-Sheet


Local Rep Manual


Note Taking


Dealing with Management


Conflict Management


 

 

 

 

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. 

The Professional | Volume 45 Issue 1

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

The January/February 2019 issue includes a profile of SMS member Bev Waterfield

Read the January/February 2019 issue

 

 

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