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 201
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 743-1652, Fax: (603) 743-1654

IBEW Members at WGME-TV Ratify New 3-Year Contract


Under the new agreement, WGME's
News Photographers like David Hill
will receive hazardous duty pay during
some snowstorms.

September 20, 2018 - IBEW 1837 members working for Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s Portland, Maine, television station ratified a new 3-year agreement this week after rejecting a previous offer from the company by a 37 – 5 margin and authorizing a strike. The overwhelming strike vote was the first at WGME-TV in 30 years and helped to persuade the Company to improve their wage offer beyond what they’ve been offering their other employees.

Wages for those at or above top scale will increase 6 ¾% over the 3-year agreement while other employees in the wage progression will receive larger step increases. News Editors will have their pay scale improved to the same level as Operating Technicians, a longtime priority of the Union given the increasing workload and responsibilities of News Editors and their previous low pay.

“We’re very proud that our members at WGME-TV were willing to stand up and stand together to get a better contract,” IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers said. “They sent a strong message to the Company that they were unhappy.”

Other improvements include hazardous duty pay for News Photographers who drive during snowstorms when a state of emergency has been declared and the addition of drone photography for news and commercials to the jurisdiction of the bargaining unit. A Company proposal for mandatory, unpaid “on call” status for some employees on weekends was ultimately dropped in exchange for the Union’s promise to “strenuously” encourage our members to respond to emergent weekend calls for overtime and an obligation to work collaboratively with the Company to come up with an on-call system if it becomes necessary.

Union Family Helping Family



September 17, 2018 - Our Dear Friend, IBEW 1837 member and employee of Central Maine Power Kirsten Wooster’s daughter Hilary has been fighting a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer.  We continue to hope for a miracle that everything turns around and she becomes healthy and happy again.  

Hilary is hoping to come home to be with her family and children Gage age 3 and Hannah 1. We hope to gather funds for the family to assist during this difficult time in their lives. We want them to know their IBEW and CMP family is thinking of them in hopes to give some type of comfort.

Donations can be mailed to: Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union, 26 Leavitt St Norridgewock 04958, Payable to Kirsten Wooster— (Memo Field list account # 49-59 )  (Gage and Hannah Hale Club)

Donations/or Items can also be mailed C/O Kirsten Wooster, 18 Hall St.,  N. Anson ME 04958

IBEW 1837 Union Meetings Resume After Summer Hiatus

September 4, 2018 - Meetings for members of IBEW Local #1837 resume this week after the usual summer break (except for Unit 6, Portland, which resumes in October). IBEW 1837 members are welcome at any unit meeting to discuss issues affecting their jobs and their union. There are also discussions about current events that affect working people and their unions.

Some meeting dates, times and locations have recently changed. Units may not meet during storms or on holidays. Some units do not meet every month. Check with your steward, call the union office, or check this website's calendar before driving.

You can click here to download a revised schedule or read below. We hope to see you at a Unit Meeting soon!

Union Wins Unemployment Benefits for NH Co-op Workers


NHEC workers went on strike on
Monday, May 7 and returned to
work on Tuesday, May 22.

August 28, 2018 - IBEW Local 1837 members employed by the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative (NHEC) are entitled to unemployment benefits for the time that they were on strike this May. That decision from the New Hampshire Employment Security Appeal Tribunal was handed down on Friday afternoon, August 24.

During the strike, IBEW encouraged our members to apply for unemployment benefits but NHEC argued after the strike that because of the work stoppage, our members were not eligible for those payments and an initial decision by a certifying officer agreed. The Union disagreed with the Company and engaged our attorneys to fight for those payments for our members, and won!

NHEC had management personnel perform the work of our members during the strike and also hired out-of-state replacement workers (often derisively known as “scabs”). The Employment Security Tribunal Chairman determined that there was no “substantial curtailment of work” during the strike and that “a stoppage of work requires more than holes in coverage.” In addition, the Chairman noted that NHEC did not suffer a loss of revenue or customers during the strike and continued to provide electricity and make repairs for their customers.

The decision of the Tribunal to allow those benefits for our members and to charge the NHEC account may be appealed by the Company.

Black Bear Hydro Members Approve 5-Year Contract

August 23, 2018 - IBEW 1837 members at Brookfield Energy’s Black Bear Hydro facilities in Milford, Maine, have ratified a new 5-year agreement.

The contract has wage increases every year – 2.75% in each of the first two years and 2.5% in each of the last three years.

Other featured improvements are a 6th week of vacation after 25 years, increased boot and meal allowances, and the pay for call-outs was increased from 2 hours to 4 hour minimums.

The contract also includes a $500 signing bonus. Over the term of the contract, the Company will eliminate the incentive bonus.

The Union Negotiating Team included Union Steward Gary Crane, IBEW 1837 Business Representative Renee Gilman and IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers.

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