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


  • 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.

  • March 17, 2020 - Workers at the Kittery Water District have formed a union with IBEW Local #1837. The 16 workers include office staff, filtration plant workers, laborers, meter readers, service technicians and others.

    “We’re proud that the workers at Kittery Water District asked us to help them form a Union and negotiate a collective bargaining agreement,” said IBEW 1837 Organizer and Business Representative Matt Beck. “Even though they like where they work, they understand that having a union contract gives them to ability to protect what they already have and negotiate to make things even better for themselves and their families.”

    The employees were able to take advantage of a new state law that recognizes unions if a majority of municipal workers in a bargaining unit sign cards stating that they would like to be represented by the union. This allows workers to avoid a drawn out election processes after they’ve already decided to collectively bargain a contract with their employer.

  • Kevin O'Connell
    Kevin O'Connell

    January 23, 2020 - Kevin O’Connell, a longtime member of IBEW Local #1837, First Class Lineworker at EmeraMaine and former Brewer mayor, has been nominated as the Democratic candidate for the House District 128 special election. The vacancy in that seat is a result of the passing of the late State Representative Arthur C. "Archie" Verow.

    “I’m proud to carry on the legacy of service that was so important to Archie,” said O’Connell. “In him, we had a representative that represented the values of this city. I am committed to doing my best to be that person for Brewer.”

    O’Connell, 59, who was born and raised in Brewer, served two years as Brewer’s mayor and nine years on the city council. O’Connell served 24 years in the military, six years as a First Sergeant, with his final deployment being in Baghdad. He’s worked at Bangor Hydro and EmeraMaine since March 6, 1989.

    “I love Brewer, I love our city of great people, and I am committed to representing us in Augusta,” said O’Connell.

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