Collective Bargaining and Job Action Resources

The PEA wants to keep you informed about the Collective Bargaining process and how you can stay up to date on the newest information in labour. In this section of the website you'll find information and resources concerning collective bargaining, job action, and strike policy.

Potential Job Action at UVic | September 2019

Picket Pay — Members

Please see the column at right for details about strike pay eligibility. 

FORM A: Picket Line Forms

For individual members facing a picket line.

Form A | Strike Pay Reimbursement

CUPE 4163 represents 1500 Teaching Assistants and Instructors at UVic. CUPE 4163 is in a legal strike position. They are at an impasse in bargaining over UVic's refusal to address issues relating to precarious employment.

At this point, there is no information about potential picket lines; however, there is potential for 4163 job action in the coming weeks. Below you will find information on picket lines, picket pay and essential services.

We will continue to update members as information becomes available.

Members with questions are encouraged to reach out to their Local Reps, Chapter Executive or PEA staff.

The FAQ was last updated September 4, 2019

Picket Lines

Picket Pay

Essential Services

Collective Bargaining Guide and Other Settlements

PEA Collective Bargaining Guide

The PEA Collective Bargaining Guide is designed to provide members with an overview of the Collective Bargaining Process so members can understand what to expect when your chapter is in bargaining.

Members can request a hard copy of the Collective Bargaining Guide by contacting the PEA Office.

Recent non-PEA settlements

Recent collective bargaining settlements may be of interest to PEA members for their reference during bargaining preparation.

The PEA utilizes BC Bargaining for information on settlement summaries across the province in all industries.

Job Action and Strike Resources

General Job Action Resources

Job Action Manual
Find out how job action works in the PEA Job Action Manual to find information on lock outs, strikes, picket lines, picket pay and more. Login required. 

Job Action Manual

Strike Pay — Members
Please see the column at right for details about strike pay eligibility. Note: We strongly encourage all members to NOT cross another union's picket line. Please respect the picket line and do not go to work.

FORM A: Picket Line / Strike Pay Forms
For individual members facing a picket line or if you are the sole picketer at a worksite — you will be reimburse according to the PEA Strike Pay policy (at right).

Form A | Strike Pay Reimbursement

Strike Pay — Picket Captains
Please see the column at right for details about strike pay eligibility. Note: We strongly encourage all members to NOT cross another union's picket line. Please respect the picket line and do not go to work.

FORM B: Strike Pay Form for Picket Captains
Report form for Picket Captains - on legal size paper.

Form B | Picket Captain Report

Strike Pay Eligibility FAQ

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 2

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

The April-May 2019 issue includes a profile of GLP members Mark and Eric Scott

Read the April-May 2019 issue



The PEA was formed in 1974 to represent licensed professionals in the BC Public Service. Since then the organization has grown to include a wide range of professionals from across BC. Find our more about our governance, staff and strategic direction.

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