The Association Report 2009
The UVic PEA
Chapter is one of ten that make up the Professional Employees Association
which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. Our 815 members join
professionals from other bargaining units to form a union with 2859 members.
The PEA is registered as a union under BC's labour laws and has a staff of
The primary role of the association is securing equitable
treatment for all members, no matter what chapter they are from. This involves
negotiating collective agreements with employers and representing individual
members on work related issues. Our expert staff of Labour Relations Officers
are committed to safeguarding our members' rights in the workplace.
The Association adopted a mission statement at this year's
Strategic Planning meeting.
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 relationship, and in enlightened, innovative
principles of labour relations.
activities of the Association are managed by the Pea Executive and staff. UVic's
John Foxgord (Computing) is the Associations Secretary Treasurer and Tom Gore (Biology)
is Second Vice-President. Lynn McCaughey ( Co-Operative Education Program) sits
as UVic representative and Kathy Kendal of the Legal Services Society was
recently elected President of the PEA.
Three major activities the Association has been involved
with this year are a marketing campaign promoting Professionals
for BC. The campaign, involving both print and electronic media,
is intended to raise the profile of working professionals in the province and
to increase "brand awareness" of the PEA as a union of and for
professionals. Another major project is our Access To Justice
campaign, which is a response to massive cuts to our Legal
Services Society chapter resulting in a decrease in accessible legal services
for all British Columbians, especially the poorest. The campaign includes the
video Justice for All? produced by PEA staff with
the support of dozens of volunteers. The short documentary has become a social
media hit and will be shown at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival
. During a period of rapidly rising rental costs, the
Association Executive and staff have for some time been looking for suitable
real estate that will provide us with an opportunity to diversify our
investment portfolio while at the same time providing us with appropriate
office space. We are close to concluding this project.
PEA investments reserves total over $8,000,000 today so
diversification of the portfolio is important. That said, policy requires that
we hold a balance in investments capable of supporting members of the PEA’s
largest bargaining unit through a two-month dispute while taking a grievance to
the Supreme Court of Canada. Our Strike Pay policy gives striking members
salary replacement up to $125 a day so we estimate that reserves need to be in
the $6,000,000 range.
A recent survey of PEA members showed that 82% of members are satisfied
with the PEA and the work it does and the same number are satisfied with their
current collective agreement. However a third of member feel that the PEA
should be more aggressive with management as the PEA enters a year in which
almost all bargaining units will be negotiating new collective agreements. The
next year should be very exciting.
2nd Vice President
Professional Employees Association