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

NLRB Hearing for PSNH “Writers” Rescheduled

A hearing before the National Labor Relations Board in Boston has been rescheduled to mid-May. The hearing before the NLRB Regional Director will determine the scope of the bargaining unit for the Writers at Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH).

A substantial majority of PSNH Field Technicians and Field Technician Specialists, also known as “Writers,” have authorized IBEW Local 1837 to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining. On Friday, March 30, 2007, IBEW asked PSNH to voluntarily recognize our Union as Bargaining Representative for the 32 employees in those job classifications. The Company declined our request.

As a result of the Company’s response, IBEW Local 1837 filed a Certification of Representative Petition with the National Labor Relations Board Region 1 in Boston. We then attempted to reach agreement with PSNH on an overall, Statewide bargaining unit encompassing all the Writers, but the Company insisted that only 15 separate bargaining units, encompassing each separate location at which Field Techs and /or Field Tech Specialists worked, was appropriate. We strongly oppose such a piecemeal approach.