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

  • November 10, 2020 - The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the relocation, postponement or cancellation of some meetings. Please contact your steward, the union office, or log on to www.ibew1837.org before driving.

    IBEW 1837 is exploring other options for Units that have lost their meeting locations. Union staff is available to meet on an as-needed basis where meetings are cancelled. Please wear a mask when meeting at indoor locations.

    You can download and print an updated schedule here.

    Unit 1, Dover: Fourth Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
    Comfort Inn & Suites, #10 Hotel Drive, Dover NH 03820

    Unit 2, Manchester General: Second Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.
    Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 131 Union Hall; 161 Londonderry Turnpike; Hooksett, NH 03106

    Unit 2, Concord Electric Sub-unit: Third Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.*
    *Safe location is not currently available. Members may attend another unit meeting or call the office for info.

    Unit 3, Laconia: Third Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
    Laconia Elks Lodge; 17 Sugarbush Lane; Gilford, NH 03249

    Unit 4, Berlin/ Lancaster: Fourth Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. (Call 603-470-4239 to confirm.)
    Randolph Town Hall; 130 Durand Road; Randolph, NH 03593

    Unit 5, Keene: First Thursday at 5:00 p.m. (New Keene location!)
    February, April, and October only: Parlin Field Airport; Airport Road; Newport, NH 03773
    All other meetings: Best Western Plus, 401 Winchester St., Keene NH, 03431

    Unit 6, Portland: First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.*
    *Safe location is not currently available. Members may attend another unit meeting or call the office for info.

    Unit 7, Lewiston: First Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
    IBEW Local 567 Union Hall; 238 Goddard Road; Lewiston, ME 04240

    Unit 8, Augusta: Third Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
    IBEW Local 1837 Office (Conference Room); 16 Old Winthrop Road; Manchester, ME 04351

    Unit 9, Waterville: Second Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.*
    *Safe location is not currently available. Members may attend another unit meeting or call the office for info.

    Unit 10, Bangor: Third Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
    Solidarity Center; 20 Ivers Street; Brewer, ME 04412

    Unit 11, Presque Isle: Fourth Thursday at 6:00 p.m. (Call 207-441-2033 to confirm.)
    Hampton Inn; 768 Main Street; Presque Isle, ME 04769

  • Covid-19
    COVID-19 virus image from CDC

    October 28, 2020 - Members of IBEW 1837 are required to adhere to safety measures that our represented companies have put in place to protect their employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Although the safety protocols including mandatory use of face masks vary from one employer to the next, and not all of our members support them or believe that they are necessary or effective, they must be followed nonetheless.

    COVID-19 is a nationwide and worldwide pandemic that is expected to continue well into next year - even with the most optimistic vaccine distribution forecasts. Employees and their family members have been affected by this disease and all employers have a responsibility to try to maintain a safe workplace.

    IBEW 1837 has asked our legal representation to advise us about the masking, testing and other safety protocols being instituted where our members work throughout Maine and New Hampshire. While we will continue to follow and monitor these measures, our legal counsel has said that we will not be successful in trying to avoid or file a grievance on these measures, if a Company is erring on the side of caution.

    Of course, the safety of our members is of the utmost importance to us. It is important to follow the guidelines of our represented employers for that reason alone.


  • Members voted at five locations in NH.

    October 6, 2020 - The Eversource NH contract has been ratified by a razor thin majority of Union members at the Company. It is the policy of IBEW Local 1837 to not release the ballot totals but turnout was strong among union members at New Hampshire's largest electric utility.

    In September, members rejected an earlier tentative contract agreement. Union and Company officials then agreed on a contract extension while they returned to the bargaining table. The IBEW negotiating team and Union leadership worked very hard with Eversource NH senior management to renegotiate a second agreement. Those renegotiations focused on the three issues the negotiating team heard most about from the membership: Forced stand-by, FSR second shift and Troubleshooter coverage area. Renegotiations are typically limited in scope to addressing the biggest issues with the dual goals of reaching agreement and avoiding a job action.

    "There’s tremendous concern among many members about the forced standby provision in the new contract," IBEW 1837 Business Manager Tony Sapienza said.

    The contract includes 3% wage increases for all members in each of the three years and wage adjustments for lineworkers prior to those increases.

    Other improvements include 100% pay for 12 weeks of short term disability (previously 6 weeks), although it doesn’t extend the overall period of STD payments (total 25 weeks). The premium paid when working away from home for an entire workweek doing their normal function was improved by an additional $30 and major meal reimbursements were capped at $25.

    Starting in January, the Company may assign additional standby crews “when anticipated (verifiable) weather conditions require coverage’. Such employees shall receive four (4) hours straight time pay per day. Previously approved time off will be honored.” Changes were also made in wages and schedules for the Troubleshooter classification as the Company seeks to fill more of those positions.

    "I want to thank the volunteer members of the negotiating committee: Kitty Kilroy, Jeff Huckins, Adam Baker, Tim Perozzi, Chris Guimarra and Jake Cote as well as Mark Penny and Pat Moran for all their hard work, dedication and time spent on behalf of all union members," Sapienza said. "I also want to thank outgoing IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers and IBEW 2nd District International Representative Tiler Eaton for assisting in the renegotiations."

    IBEW 1837 represents 300 workers at Eversource NH, whose service territory includes 211 towns and 5,628 square miles according to their website.


  • In 2009 while still working at CMP, Rogers
    climbed a pole in Augusta to protest a
    company contract proposal.

    October 1, 2020 - After a career that started as a Summer Helper at Central Maine Power in 1979 and ended with a 9-year stint as Business Manager and Financial Secretary for IBEW 1837, Dick Rogers has retired. IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tony Sapienza will assume the Local Union’s top job.

    “We work for the members,” Rogers said.  “I always kept that in my mind. A number of people don’t realize the time that goes into doing this job, the time and the commitment. It is a 24/7 job because we have shift workers. I tried to return all calls and be a straight shooter.”

    Early in his tenure at CMP, Dick realized there was something about being an active participant in the Union that appealed to him.

    “In 87 or 88, I watched a Union Steward named Chuck Applebee talking to a manager, say ‘Bob, we have a right to bitch.’ I knew right then that it was a job for me,” Rogers said. He was appointed to be a Union Steward in the early 90’s.

    During his three 3-year terms as Business Manager, Rogers was a skilled negotiator of collective bargaining agreements and grievance settlements. Not surprisingly, that’s the part of the job that he liked best.


  • Granite Ridge is a natural gas combined
    cycle electric power generation plant near
    the Manchester, NH airport.

    September 21, 2020 - IBEW 1837 members at Granite Ridge have approved a 3-year contract extension with raises in each year and without any concessions.

    Members voted on Friday, September 18th to approve the contract extension offer. That offer was the result of several phone conversations between IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tony Sapienza and Calpine North Central Regional Operations Vice President Chris Jones. Mr. Jones  insisted this was the Company’s best offer at this time.

    The approved extension runs from September 28, 2020 to September 27, 2023. It includes a 2.25% wage increase for each year starting March 27, 2021, March 27, 2022, and March 27, 2023. Granite Ridge employees will be included in an employee referral bonus program. All other provisions of the collective bargaining agreement will remain unchanged.

    "I'd like to thank all those who participated (in the vote)and special thanks to the volunteer bargaining committee members, Rick Davis and Brandon Carroll," Sapienza said.

    It’s the third contract for IBEW Local #1837 with Calpine Corporation, a Houston-based generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources with 77 power plants in operation or under construction.

    The Union represents all 19 maintenance and operations personnel at the Londonderry, New Hampshire, gas-fired plant. The plant was organized into the Union by IBEW Local #1837 in 2006.

     

  • September 10, 2020 - IBEW 1837 members at Eversource NH have rejected a tentative contract agreement. Union and Company officials have reached agreement on a contract extension while they seek a resolution. Please continue to report to work and be safe.



  • 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.”

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