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

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Support Striking Union Workers at FairPoint

November 1, 2014 - Although IBEW Local #1837 does not represent these workers, we are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in their struggle for a fair contract.

A strike fund for workers at FairPoint is raising money to support members of IBEW and CWA with urgent financial needs. Show solidarity with your union brothers and sisters in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Every donation will be greatly appreciated. To contribute, make checks payable to IBEW-CWA Solidarity Fund and mail them to 21 Gabriel Dr, Augusta, ME 04330, or visit www.gofundme.com/ibew-cwa-strike-relief

These union workers have been repairing, installing, and expanding the telecommunications network in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for decades. They connect homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals. They believe a hard day's work deserves a living wage.

They are in a battle against FairPoint Communications, New England's largest telecom company. FairPoint is owned by Wall Street hedge funds. This is Wall Street vs. Main Street. 

They are on strike because FairPoint executives and their Wall Street investors decided it was more important to outsource good northern New England jobs than follow through on their commitment to provide good service.

They're fighting for good, middle-class jobs with decent wages, job security, affordable healthcare, and a secure retirement.

Take action by signing a petition to support those workers here: FairPoint Petition. Better yet, join them on the picket line. For more information, visit us at fairnessatfairpoint.com or follow us at facebook.com/fairnessatfairpoint.

Election 2014: Gubernatorial Contests are Top Labor Concern

Michaud speaks on Labor Day
Michaud speaks on Labor Day

October 22, 2014 - Re-election campaigns for the Governors of New Hampshire and Maine have been getting plenty of attention from members of IBEW Local #1837 and other pro-worker groups. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan has been a consistent union ally while Maine Governor Paul LePage has supported union-busting “Right to Work” legislation. Both are seeking their second terms on Tuesday, November 4.

In recent letters to our represented members, IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers and President Ray Colello continued to stress that their top priority remains giving members the best representation possible by negotiating and protecting our contracts.

“Since many of our members belong to different political parties or hold contrasting views on the various issues of the day, we are reluctant to get involved in politics,” Rogers and Colello said. “However, we feel we do have a responsibility to let you know how the decisions we all make on Election Day can affect the ability of IBEW Local #1837 to secure good wages, good benefits and a safe workplace for you. In recent years, basic worker protections – from the freedom to form a union to the right to a safe workplace – have been under attack.”

After a thorough process that includes issue questionnaires and an analysis of voting records of each of the candidates, the New Hampshire and Maine AFL-CIO’s issue endorsements of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who demonstrate an understanding of the importance of labor unions and a commitment to working people. This includes not only the gubernatorial candidates but also candidates for important state legislative races and federal contests such as the United States Senate and House of Representatives.

CMP Contract Talks Set To Start

Contract proposals were reviewed by an IBEW 1837 committee.
Contract proposals were reviewed by an
IBEW 1837 committee.

Central Maine Power Modified Contract Extension Under Consideration

March 28, 2014 - Union and Company representatives have prepared a modified 3-year contract extension that will be presented next week to IBEW members in the large production bargaining unit at CMP.

IBEW members at CMP are receiving a summary of the agreement terms and relevant documents to consider prior to a ratification vote.

Granite Ridge Energy Members Ratify 3-Year Deal

Left to right: IBEW negotiators Joe Gilmore, Scott Kirby and Tom Ryan

March 26, 2014 - IBEW 1837 members at Granite Ridge Energy in Londonderry, New Hampshire have approved a new 3-year contract that maintains their current benefits package and increases their wages by more than 8½% over the term of the agreement.

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