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

Labor News

AT&T Union Workers Set to Strike

AT&T stores are located in 
36 states and Washington, DC.

May 18, 2017 - Workers at AT&T in Maine, New Hampshire and across the country are set to go on because the company refuses to return to the bargaining table. 

21,000 AT&T Mobility workers will be on strike if they do not reach an agreement with the company. They will walk off the job on Friday, May 19 at 3pm and return to work on Monday, May 22.

This greedy company makes huge profits but still wants more concessions from their union workforce - demanding more work for less and trying to replace them with low-wage workers at third party dealers and overseas.

Please consider stopping by one  of the picket lines in Maine or New Hampshire for a few minutes to lend your support. Click here to find picket locations and join them on the line!

IBEW 1837 Mourns the Passing of Brother Bob Burns

Bob Burns Photo
Bob Burns in 2008.

January 13, 2016 - Brother Robert "Bob" Burns, a beloved Central Maine Power retiree and IBEW 1837 member, passed away this week a few days after a tragic accident. He was 81 years old but had more energy than many people half his age.

Bob remained active in the labor movement and his local community after retirement and was loved and admired by many. Brother Burns was also one of the first members of the IBEW 1837 Retiree Club, and his photo graced literature promoting the group.

"Bob’s kindness, patience, the sparkle in his eye and his dedication to his family and the working people of Maine were always a pleasure to be around whether working phones for a phone bank, sharing a meal at an event, or hearing about something he was proud of that his children or grandchildren had accomplished," said Maine AFL-CIO President and IBEW 1837 member Cynthia Phinney. "He will be sorely missed."

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE in honor of Robert "Bob" Burns was scheduled for Saturday, January 14, at the South Lewiston Baptist Church, 1919 Lisbon Street, Lewiston.  Viewing 9:00 - 11:00 A.M. Funeral Service follows at 11:00 A.M. 

Click here to read the complete obituary that was published in the Sun Journal.

Two IBEW 1837 Members at CMP Receive Lifesaving Awards After Daring Rescue

Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds posing with their awards.
Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds seen
posing with their awards.

September 29, 2016 - Two IBEW 1837 members working at Central Maine Power have received the highest commendation offered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers after rescuing a man trapped inside a burning pickup truck after a crash.

It was an ordinary Thursday afternoon this past June that quickly turned extraordinary when CMP Lineworkers Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds came upon a car/pole accident in Bridgton, Maine.

"We saw the truck was on its driver's side and was on fire," Brother Reynolds said. "There were secondaries (power lines) down there barking and arcing. (Then) we realized there was no one out of the vehicle yet!"

After Reynolds struggled at first to break the window with a gloved hand, Grant grabbed a set of pliers to smash it and pulled the man out before the truck was fully engulfed in flames.

"We were at the right place at the right time," Reynolds added.

As paramedics tended to the accident victim, Reynolds and Grant tended to the downed power lines to make the scene safe.

"We appreciate the acknowledgement but don't feel like any heroes," Brother Grant said.

Union Members Prepare to Celebrate Labor's Day

Labor Day in Portland last year featured
a march to Monument Square.

August 25, 2016 - Members of IBEW Local 1837 will spend a portion of "Labor's Day" weekend enjoying the company of their Brothers and Sisters from other local unions at exciting events throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

Starting with a BBQ and rally in Waterville, Maine, on Sunday, continuing Monday with celebratory breakfasts in Manchester, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine, and then spreading north throughout the Pine Tree State, workers will gather to listen to music and chow down on fine food all day long.

Please bring your family along and join the fun. Be sure to wear your union T-shirt or your regular work clothes. These are decidedly casual celebrations.

Here's a list below:

Sunday, September 4 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Labor Day Weekend Rally and BBQ

Head of Falls Park, Waterville (Rain or Shine!)

Sponsored by the Central Maine Labor Council

Free! Games, food, pie eating contest & Guest Speakers!

 

Monday, September 5 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m - Portland Labor's Day Breakfast

at the Irish Heritage Center, Corner of State and Gray Streets, Portland

Sponsored by the Southern Maine Labor Council

Celebrate Labor’s Day! $25 per ticket. Please join labor union members and special guests. Includes live music from 9 to 9 and ending with a short union march to Monument Square!

 

Monday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m - New Hampshire Labor Day Breakfast

at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH

Sponsored by the NH AFL-CIO

$30 donation per ticket. More info available by calling 603-623-7302 (ext. 17).

 

Monday, September 5 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Labor Day BBQ and Free Music

at the IBEW 567 Hall, 238 Goddard Road, Lewiston (Rain or Shine!)

Sponsored by the Western Maine Labor Council

Free! Free food, drinks and desserts provided!

 

Monday, September 5 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Labor's Day Dinner

at the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer

Sponsored by the Eastern Maine Labor Council

Suggested donation of $5, kids under 12 free. Proceeds benefit the Solidarity Harvest and Eastern Maine Labor Council.

Dinner will include locally grown food. Live music and speakers discussing the upcoming election.

Eversource NH Field Techs & Specialists Vote "Union Yes"

June 1, 2016 - Field Technicians A/B/C and Field Technician Specialists working for Eversource in New Hampshire have voted in favor of being represented by IBEW Local #1837 for collective bargaining. There are currently 29 workers in the classifications. They are commonly referred to as “Writers” and are responsible for work associated with the design, maintenance, construction and operation of the Eversource electric distribution system in the Granite State.

The National Labor Relations Board election was conducted by mail because the Field Techs and Specialists work throughout the state in multiple locations. The ballots were tallied on Friday, May 28, 2016 at the NLRB Region One office in Boston with a clear majority voting in favor of the Union. Work will begin soon on contract negotiations for these Eversource employees.

“We’re planning to get to work on bargaining for this group as soon as possible,” said IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tom Ryan. “We’ll be working with the Writers to select contract team members and to review contract proposals before we sit down at the table with the Company. Since the Writers voted to be included in our existing bargaining unit, it should help to streamline the negotiations and allow us to reach an agreement for them to consider relatively quickly.”

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