Strategic Plan & Member Survey

PEA Vision Statement

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.

PEA Mission and Renewal 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. 

Renewal is fundamental to our strategy

Renewal means:

  • A solution-oriented PEA
  • Increased public awareness of PEA
  • Maintenance of collective bargaining and contract rights as our core
  • Enhanced democratic internal processes
  • Engaged and active membership
  • PEA engagement with social issues to better represent members and build community connections
  • Recognizing that there are “no easy answers”

Remembering always that “It is all about the members”

The PEA's overall goal is to build the power and influence of the PEA to better represent members and serve the public interest. Three key initiatives fall under this goal:

INITIATIVE #1

Bargain collective agreements for all PEA members that achieve improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions and which protect and enhance professional roles.

INITIATIVE #2

Broaden alliances and increase public support for the union and the quality services our members provide.

INITIATIVE #3

Grow PEA membership and strengthen internal organizing capacity.

Member Survey Results

The PEA conducts an annual member survey in order to develop our strategic plan and inform the priorities for the year to come. The feedback provided in the survey is vital in helping us to shape the PEA to work as effectively as it can for members.

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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