In Maine: IBEW Local 1837
16 Old Winthrop Road
Manchester, ME 04351
Phone: (207) 623-1030, Fax: (207) 621-8384
In New Hampshire:
680 Central Avenue, Suite 202
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 743-1652, Fax: (603) 743-1654

Welcome

to IBEW Local 1837 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1837 is proud to represent approximately 1,600 working men and women all over Maine and New Hampshire. Most of our members work at electric utilities or broadcasting stations throughout the two states. We work at companies such as Central Maine Power, Eversource in New Hampshire, and WGME-TV 13, just to name a few! IBEW Union Local 1837 maintains two offices to better serve our members—one in Manchester, Maine and the other in Dover, New Hampshire. The office in Maine includes a separate building with a conference room and meeting area for union programs and training sessions.

IBEW 1837 News

  • Amoskeag and Schiller Stations

    May 21, 2015 - IBEW members working in the electric generation assets of Eversource NH (formerly PSNH) have overwhelmingly ratified an agreement that extends their current contract while providing additional employee protections if the fossil or hydro facilities are sold or closed.

    Eversource entered into settlement talks related to the divestiture of their generating assets as the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission was responding to a law passed last year that gave them the authority to force the Company to sell them if it was in the “economic interest” of ratepayers. PSNH had been under pressure to sell in large part because costs associated with a state-mandated "scrubber" to reduce mercury emissions at Merrimack Station had led to substantial upward pressure on residential electric rates.

    The union ratification vote came as the New Hampshire House of Representatives is preparing to vote on Senate Bill 221 to securitize stranded debt if a divestiture settlement is reached and approved by the PUC. The Union has participated in the settlement talks and found widespread support among the legislature and the State Office of Energy Planning for employee protections for workers who may be affected by divestiture.

    The Union represents nearly 175 members at the Merrimack Station, Newington Station and Schiller Station fossil fuel plants as well as at hydropower generating facilities throughout the state. They also represent generation maintenance workers. All of these dedicated workers may soon find themselves working for another employer. It’s also possible they could be out of work if divestiture is ordered and no buyers are found for one or more of the power generating stations.

    The protections in the agreement include enhanced severance pay, guaranteed retirement benefits, access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage, tuition assistance, and greater bidding rights into other jobs at Eversource without impacting the rights of other union members in the Utility branch of the company. The agreement also guarantees that any new buyer will continue to honor the existing contract for no less than two years.

  • The deadline to submit essays and application forms for the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship has been extended. They must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015 by the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106.

    This year, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarships to members in good standing of an affiliated local union, their spouses, children, stepchildren, or legal wards.  First prize is $1,000.  Additional prizes are contingent on funding.

  • IBEW members at WGME-TV have won
    numerous broadcasting awards.

    April 16, 2015 - A 3-year contract agreement has been ratified by IBEW Local #1837 members working at WGME and WPFO in Portland, Maine. The margin in favor of the new deal with the Sinclair Broadcast Group was the tightest in the union’s history at the CBS affiliate.

    “It was clear from the discussions we had with members that most of them were very dissatisfied with the contract package,” IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers said. “I think that a narrow majority just felt that the Union Negotiating Team had probably gotten the best deal they could get from this company.”

    The union represents 50 photographers, producers, directors, operating technicians, video editors and maintenance engineers at the stations. There was 100% member turnout for the contract meetings and ratification vote.

    One of the most contentious issues was the Company’s insistence on unilateral discretion in the assignment of shifts in most job classifications. Previously, seniority had played a much larger role among workers qualified to perform a job. Negotiators were able to craft language which will provide  protection against “arbitrary or capricious” assignments and the Union will be vigilant in holding the Company to that standard.

    Another sticking point was a Company proposal to use non-union workers to perform some bargaining unit work. The Union insisted on language providing job security and preventing the erosion of union positions at the stations.

  • Bob McNeff
    in Logo Wear

    Members of IBEW 1837 can now custom order their own T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps online from Exquisite Stitches. All clothing is either union made or Made in the USA.

    There's a wide variety of available logos, items and sizes available that can be custom stitched by a local company.

    Several Logos Available

    You can also get more information about other logo options and special orders of FR (fire retardant) stitching required in some job classifications by contacting them directly. Click here for more information.

  • Pam Paquette and Becky Johnson

    Story by Pam Paquette

    April 7, 2015 - Eversource (formerly known as PSNH) recently held its annual United Way campaign. Pam Paquette, Utility Group – Tilton Line and Becky Johnson, Generation – Schiller Station, have been the IBEW Local 1837’s union leadership serving as cabinet members. Pam and Becky were available to go to workplace campaign drives to assist and also authored correspondence from the Local encouraging members to take part in the campaign.  

    The United Way and organized labor have been partners for almost 70 years. The IBEW is a firm believer in supporting our families and neighbors and lending a helping hand when called upon. Due to busy lifestyles, a lot of us have a difficult time scheduling in some volunteer work in our communities. We still want to contribute and we find that donating to United Way and/or an agency or non-profit that has special meaning to use can be done through the company’s annual campaign of payroll deduction.

    This year, Becky and I are pleased to announce our results.  Fifty percent of our members here at Eversource donated!  The amount donated was almost $45,000, which is just about $6,400 more than last year.  Leadership Level givers amongst our members also increased from six to eight.  

  • Swearing-in ceremony for Aaron Gilman

    April 3, 2015 -  Brother Aaron Gilman was sworn-in today as the new Unit 10 E-Board Representative at the Executive Board meeting in Manchester, Maine. Gilman was appointed by IBEW Local Union #1837 President Ray Colello to replace Brother Jeff Linscott who left the Bangor area to take a job in Fort Kent.

    Gilman is employed by Emera Maine as a Lead Working Mechanic in Bangor. He began working at Bangor Hydro in 2006.

    In the photo from left, Brother Gilman, Pat Cote, Lisa Bartell, President Ray Colello and Vice President Bill Tarallo administering the oath.

  • Wyman Station
    Wyman Station in Yarmouth

    March 25, 2015 - Members of IBEW Local Union #1837 at NextEra have ratified a new 44-month contract.  The collective bargaining agreement includes wage adjustments for some classifications, yearly wage increases for all union members, and a change to benefits. While the negotiating team struggled with the company’s offer, they felt it was the best they were going to be able to achieve.

    “I want to thank everyone who was able to attend the meetings and understand the offer being presented.  I also want to thank the committee for the hard work they put in to realize the gains that were made” said IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers.

    Brother Rogers was joined on the Union Negotiating Team by Assistant Business Manager Bill Dunn, IBEW 1837 President Ray Colello, and Shop Stewards John Kelly and Peter Brennan.

     “I want to recognize Dick and Bill for their expertise handling contract negotiations,” Brother Brennan said. “They had skills and professionalism to handle a tough contract. Our members should understand the money they spend for their union dues goes toward these negotiating expenses.”

  • AUGUSTA, ME (FEBRUARY 22, 2015 UNION NEWS RELEASE)—After three days of voting, IBEW and CWA members in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have ratified tentative agreements with FairPoint Communications. The new agreements protect good jobs and ensure quality telecommunications service for New England communities.

    “This is great news for our members, their families, and our communities,” said Peter McLaughlin, chair of the union bargaining committee and Business Manager of IBEW Local 2327 in Maine. “Our members remained united and committed to this fight for more than four months and today we have a fair deal that will bring them back to work and good service back to our communities.”

    After initially demanding $700 million in concessions from workers, FairPoint implemented the terms of its proposals on August 28 saying the parties had reached an impasse in bargaining. The implemented terms included a dramatic increase in health care costs, a two-tier wage structure that would have paid new hires as much as 20 percent less to do the same jobs as current workers, and a greatly increased ability to outsource union members’ work to low-wage contractors from outside our region.

    Ultimately, FairPoint agreed to a union-administered health insurance plan with better benefits that will cost workers and the company less. FairPoint also agreed to eliminate the two-tier wage structure.

    “This agreement is a win for our members and for future FairPoint employees,” said Don Trementozzi, President of CWA Local 1400. “We went on strike last October because we are committed to keeping good, middle-class jobs in New England. Our members walked the lines for more than four months, not just for themselves, but for future generations. Our success will benefit FairPoint workers—and New England’s working families—for years to come.”

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