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

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



  • UPDATE: Unit 5, Keene and Unit 2, Manchester have been postponed due to a large number of union members working out of state doing restoration work. Unit 5, Keene will be held on August 24 and Unit 2,  Manchester Area meeting will be held on August 18. Unit 6, Portland, Unit 7, Lewiston and Unit 9, Waterville have been cancelled. Nominations still can be made by email, U.S. mail, or at any other Unit Meeting.

    July 28, 2020 -  Nominations for the offices of IBEW Local Union #1837 may be made orally at the regular monthly Unit Meetings during August 2020:  President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, One (1) Executive Board Member from each Unit of Local 1837. A meeting schedule is below. Please note that since some buildings are closed for meetings due to COVID-19, August unit meetings may take place outside the buildings indicated in a nearby parking lot or adjacent area.

    In addition, members may send nominations or self-nominate via U.S. Mail or email. (Click here to download optional nomination form.) Be sure to include your member number from your union membership card. Send your nominations by U.S. Mail to IBEW Local Union #1837, 16 Old Winthrop Road, Manchester, ME 04351 or email: union@ibew1837.org.

    No member shall be nominated for office unless he/she is present or signifies his/her willingness in writing.  Members who self-nominate must indicate their willingness to serve. Members of one unit may nominate members of another unit. A nominee must have been a member in good standing of Local 1837 for two years and the Unit Recorder shall forward a list of candidates, signed by him/herself and the Unit Chair to the Local Union Recording Secretary. All nominations must be submitted by 8/28/20.

  • Schiller Station photo taken in July 2020.
    Schiller Station stopped generating
    electricity in June 2020.

    July 14, 2020 - The long-term and likely permanent closure of Schiller Station in Portsmouth last month not only marked the end of 70 years generating electricity for the Granite State, but it was the end of the bargaining unit that played a pivotal role in the history of IBEW Local #1837.         

    Local 1837 was first established at Schiller in 1953 as the framed charter hanging in the Union’s Dover office helps to memorialize. Richard Pray is credited with organizing the union at the power plant and his name is one of 24 on that historic charter document. Brother Pray would become Local 1837’s first Business Manager. Twenty years later in 1973, the International Union would consolidate 11 Locals representing electric utilities in New Hampshire and Maine but keep “1837” as the designation for all of them.

    The original charter for Local 1937.
    The charter for IBEW 1837 is dated
    April 6, 1953 in Portsmouth, NH.

    Schiller Station has been owned by Granite Shore Power since it was purchased from Eversource NH (formerly Public Service Company of New Hampshire) in January 2018. The purchase was part of the divestiture of Eversource NH’s generation assets mandated by the New Hampshire Legislature. Previous attempts to deregulate the utility were opposed by PSNH and union members joined the company in providing compelling testimony against the move. However, Eversource NH supported the 2018 divestiture plan and the Union negotiated to minimize any negative effects on members. GSP continues to operate Newington Station right next door to Schiller and Merrimack Station in Bow.

    “GSP informed us this spring that they would begin an extended outage at Schiller in June with no end date and they have no intention of running it in the future,” IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tony Sapienza said. “They’ve laid off the entire workforce.”


  • Schiller Station in Portsmouth is set to
    layoff IBEW members in June as part of a
    reduction in the workforce there.

    May 29, 2020 - IBEW Local 1837 and Granite Shore Power have reached tentative agreement on a whole new contract. The Union and the Company have agreed to an extension of the previous agreement through June 1, 2020, in order to allow union members to conduct a ratification vote on the new contract.

    IBEW Local 1837 represents a total of 80 members at Schiller, Newington and Merrimack Generating Stations in New Hampshire. These fossil fuel power stations were acquired by Granite Shore Power from Eversource NH as part of the legislatively-mandated divestiture agreement.

    While it is a completely new collective bargaining agreement, the Union negotiating committee worked very hard to maintain as many of the rights and benefits from the existing contract in the new agreement as it possibly could. The Union negotiating committee believes this agreement is the best package available at this time.



  • May 14, 2020 - A contract extension has been signed by the Union and Eversource NH. The contract has been extended until August 30, 2020 to give the parties time to negotiate. The hope is we can start face to face negotiations soon. The extension provides for retroactive pay and benefits. Please help spread the word.



  • May 4, 2020 - IBEW 1837 President Michelle Crocker has announced that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing requirements to maintain social distancing and limit in-person meetings or gatherings, all May Unit meetings of IBEW 1837 have been suspended. The decision about holding Unit meetings in June will be made later this month.

    "Please continue to take care of yourself and your families by adhering to the safe social distancing advice of local, state and federal health officials as much as possible," Sister Crocker said. 'Thank you for the important work that you're doing every day."


  • Jackie Rogers

    May 2, 2020, WEST GARDINER, ME – In the early morning of Wednesday, April 29, 2020, Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Rogers lost a bravely fought battle with ovarian cancer. She spent her final weeks at home surrounded by loved ones, who, together, formed her care team. By her side, as he’d been since they were teens, was her high school sweetheart and devoted husband of nearly 40 years, Kenneth “Dick” Rogers, Jr.

    On March 26, 1962 Jackie was born in Gardiner to William and Christine MacDonald just moments ahead of her identical twin sister Janet, the last of their eight children. She worshiped at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she sang in the choir. A natural talent, she was an avid dancer and performer starring in plays, talent shows, and recitals during her teens and twenties often in lockstep and perfect harmony with Janet. Jackie and Dick married in 1980 and soon welcomed two children, Heather and Christopher. Together, they set about raising their family providing them with wide-ranging opportunities. Jackie loved nothing more than hearing her daughter’s beautiful voice raised in song and being a devoted hockey-mom to son Chris. She was especially proud to see both her children graduate college and pursue careers in the helping professions – Heather an educator and Christopher a Maine State Trooper.

    A graduate of Gardiner Area High School, Jackie dedicated her career in service to Maine’s legal profession – first at a hometown law firm followed by lengthy tenures at two statewide organizations that represent and regulate attorneys. She joined the staff of the Maine Bar Association in 1984 attaining continued advancement over 20 years culminating in the position of Assistant Executive Director. In 2004 she was named Executive Director of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, a title she held through her final days. Jackie earned the respect and admiration of her peers across the nation and the legal community throughout Maine. For four years, she was a board member of the National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards and, in 2020, was bestowed the John W. Ballou Award – a prestigious honor given to those who demonstrate qualities in keeping with the aims and purposes of the Maine State Bar Association, emphasizing the contributions of non-lawyers.

  • April 6, 2020 - Central Maine Power President and CEO Doug Herlilng announced the passing of a company employee today who was also a member of IBEW Local #1837. Christopher Buzzard, a Line Clerk for CMP in Rockland, Maine, has died. Brother Buzzard, 51, worked for Maine’s largest electric utility for more than 13 years.

    Herling sent the following message to CMP employees:

    “While details of his passing have not been determined, and we have not been informed that this was related to COVID-19, the cause is under investigation. However, in an abundance of caution, the Health & Safety team is working closely with his Supervisor to identify employees who might have had close contact with him in the past 14 days.

    “Employees seeking help with feelings of grief or loss, now or at any other time, are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides various employee services on AVANGRID’s behalf. Experienced counselors are available to help 24 hours a day, every day. There is no cost for this service and you can reach EAP at 800-252-4555.



  • March 24, 2020 - IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers has announced that all April Unit meetings of our Union have been cancelled. The decision about holding meetings in May will be made at a later time.

    Additionally, IBEW 1837 President Michelle Crocker proposed postponing nominations for IBEW 1837 President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, and Executive Board until Unit meetings scheduled for this August. (Those nominations were originally slated to take place at the April meetings.) This postponement is consistent with the guidelines provided by the IBEW International office regarding upcoming local elections during this COVID-19 pandemic. The current IBEW 1837 Executive Board has approved the postponement of the nominations and elections. Letters will be sent to our members at their home addresses advising them of the changes.

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