Business Manager Tony Sapienza
IBEW 1837 at WGME-TV 13
The union represents approximately 40 employees at the CBS Television Network affiliate in Portland, Maine. Recently, the television station has also begun to produce news programming for the local Fox Television Network affiliate in Portland, WPFO-TV 23.
WGME-TV 13 is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., of Baltimore, which is a publicly traded company. The predominantly non-union Sinclair owns, operates or provides services to 58 television stations in 36 broadcasting markets. Sinclair purchased WGME-TV from the locally-owned Guy Gannett Communications in 1998.
IBEW Local 1837 is proud to represent most of the people who work behind the scenes at WGME-TV 13. These hardworking broadcast professionals include the Operating Technicians, News Editors, Assignment Editors, Photographers, Engineers, Producers and Directors who create and produce a variety of news and public service programs, commercials and station promotional announcements. Our members have been recognized for their outstanding achievements in television by a diverse group of local, state, and national organizations of journalists and broadcasters.
IBEW members at WGME-TV work side-by-side with their union brothers and sisters in AFTRA, the American Federal of Television and Radio Artists. AFTRA represents the television reporters and news anchors at WGME-TV.
Chief Steward - Jack Amrock
Shop Steward - Allison Murtagh