The PEA is a labour union. Its constitution sets out similar objectives, and labour law gives it the same rights and obligations to represent its members in collective bargaining as apply to other labour unions in British Columbia.
PEA members are distributed among nine different chapters. The employees in each chapter have a separate employer. The PEA carries on collective bargaining with each employer for the purpose of concluding collective agreements which define the salaries, benefits and employment terms that apply to employees for the term of the agreement.
As indicated in its name, the PEA is comprised primarily of professional employees. The PEA Constitution defines a professional employee as one typically engaged in exercising a predominantly intellectual skill customarily acquired by completing a prolonged course of instruction in an institution of higher learning.
Every Professional Employees Association member is a proud guardian of quality, professional public services that promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of communities.
Together, our collective union strength leads to new high standards for wages, benefits and working conditions.
Our Mission Statement
The PEA is a union of professionals dedicated to fair and equitable collective agreements and working conditions for its members.
We do this through collective bargaining and advocacy, member engagement and education, and promotion of the value of professionals.
We believe in integrity, in respectful relationships, and in enlightened, innovative principles of labour relations.