VICTORIA, BC, Aug. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Members of the Professional Employees Association (PEA) who work in the BC Public Service are taking strike action across BC today.
This action is the result of a lengthy bargaining process, which has led to few results. These public servants are licensed professionals who work as licensed foresters, engineers, veterinarians, agrologists and more.
PEA members are on strike at 10428 153rd Street in Surrey, 1690 Powick Road in Kelowna, 300 S Caribou Hwy in 100 Mile House, and 300 South Dogwood Street in Campbell River. "We selected a targeted strike to send a strong message to the BC Government that we are serious about bargaining a fair and reasonable collective agreement," said Al Gallupe, Labour Relations Officer with the PEA. "This allows us to step up our negotiations with government, while creating minimal impact to the public."
PEA members working for the BC Public Service have never taken strike action in their 38-year history. "This form of action is unprecedented for our members," said Gallupe. "We are serious about getting back to the bargaining table, ending this strike and providing our members with a fair settlement," said Gallupe. The main issues at the bargaining table are wages, loss of professionals and job security.
About the Professional Employees Association
The PEA is a union for professional employees. The PEA represents over 1200 licensed professionals in BC's public service, including Mines Inspectors, Forest Research Scientists, Bridge Engineers, Foresters and more.
SOURCE: Professional Employees Association
For further information:
Al Gallupe, Labour Relations Officer
Phone: 250-385-8791 ext. 202