The theme of the 1981 AGM was "Professionalism and Unionism", encompassing what many believed to be incompatible in the 1970s. Two more members had joined since 1980 - the Staff Society at BCIT and Fraser Valley (as an associate member) - and CIEA now consisted of 11 members. The VIA and Capilano sent observers. The following year Capilano, AWU and Emily Carr sent observers