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

IBEW 1837 Members at Eversource Generation in NH Ratify Extension Agreement

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.

NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Deadline Extended to May 15, 2015

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 Portland TV Stations Narrowly Ratify New Contract

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.

IBEW 1837 Members Can Custom Order Logo Wear

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.

IBEW Members at Eversource Show Support for United Way Campaign

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.  

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