Welcome to IBEW 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 Manchester, New Hampshire. The office in Maine includes a separate building with a conference room and meeting area for union programs and training sessions.

February 23, 2024 -- This Saturday, February 24th, Postal Workers (APWU) and community members will be holding informational pickets in five communities in the Bangor area.  This solidarity action is in response to a USPS proposal that would delay mail deliveries for USPS customers in Northern and Central Maine.   Click here to read more about this plan and the potential impacts.
INFORMATIONAL PICKETS ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24:

Orono Post Office 1 Bennoch Rd. Orono Maine, 9 am to 10 am
Old Town Center St. in front of Post Office 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Brewer across from the Post... Read More
The IBEW is offering its Founders’ Scholarship, which is an annual opportunity for IBEW members to further their education.
Click here for more information
The Founders’ Scholarship honors the legacy of the wiremen and linemen who, on November 28, 1891, organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Eligibility requires good standing in the organization for four years before May 1 of the scholarship year.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is organizing an exciting East Coast motorcycle ride on Saturday, August 3rd, starting at 9:30 am in Davis, West Virginia. This year's ride is not just about hitting the open road – it's about making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Date: Saturday, August 3rd
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Davis, West Virginia
Registration Fee: $35 per participant

IBEW will be donating half of the registration fees collected to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude's is a leading... Read More
Updated February 12, 2024 -- Working families in New Hampshire are once again facing another attack on their unions.  The so-called "Right to Work" fight has been revived in Concord with two pieces of anti-worker legislation introduced at the State House. 
In early January, union members and allies from across the Granite State delivered passionate testimony against HB 1377 to the members of the House Labor Committee.  The hours-long hearing was continued to a second date in early February, where union members returned to Concord to deliver more testimony against the... Read More
In the world of long-distance running, completing a marathon is a remarkable feat. For Donald Palmer, a dedicated member of IBEW Local 1837 and a steward at Unitil, finishing his third marathon was not just a personal achievement but a profoundly meaningful experience.

In late-October 2023, Palmer crossed the finish line of the 48th Marine Corps Marathon, one of the most iconic and respected marathons in the United States, with an official time of 4 hours, 48 minutes, and 2 seconds. This challenging 26.2-mile race, which is managed by the U.S. Marines, travels through some of the most iconic... Read More
Ryan Jackson's passion for golf is no secret among his fellow employees at WGME-TV in Portland, Maine.
When he's not in the control room coding and directing live broadcasts, you can bet he's out playing 18 holes at Riverside, a golf course near the station.
Jackson joined IBEW Local 1837 over six years ago when he joined the WGME-TV newsroom as an editor. He worked his way up to the challenging role of directing newscasts—a very technical and highly skilled job. While he excels in directing, his love for golf is unparalleled. Almost daily, and regardless of the weather, he sets foot on the... Read More
Twelve skilled workers at Lewis Tree in New Hampshire voted to accept their first contract in late-September 2023.
These employees won their union with IBEW Local 1837 back in January 2023 after expressing their dissatisfaction with the lack of benefits and fair pay being offered, especially when compared to other unionized units within the company.
The newly ratified contract includes an immediate 2.5% pay raise, followed by 3% raises in both 2024 and 2025.
While this is just the first contract, there is optimism about its potential for improvement over time. As we welcome these new union... Read More
IBEW Local 1837 members at Black Bear Hydro have unanimously ratified a 5-year contract, which includes a $5,000 signing bonus, increased wages, and other enhanced benefits.
In addition to the signing bonus, the contract features progressive pay increases over the next five years as follows:
- A 6% increase in 2023
- A 5% increase in 2024
- A 3.5% increase in 2025
- A 3.5% increase in 2026
- A 5% increase in 2027
The new contract addresses callouts and overtime, ensuring appropriate compensation. Employees called out after hours, who can resolve the issue over the phone, will receive 2 hours... Read More
After a brief break for the summer, unit meetings are resuming for the fall months.  Members had voted in late spring or early summer to temporarily suspend their meetings during the traditional summer vacation months. While most begin in September, a few will start in October.
There are eleven-unit meetings held each month throughout New Hampshire and Maine for our members to attend.
Many of these meetings will continue to be held at their regular times and locations, but there are a few changes:

Unit 3, Laconia will resume in September, and will now be held at 4:00 p.m. and... Read More
Matt Beck, an IBEW Local 1837 member who recently retired from his role as a business representative and organizer, was honored with the Lifetime Working Class Hero Award by the Southern Maine Labor Council during the group’s Labor Day Breakfast on Monday, September 4th, 2023. Beck's commitment to labor causes and unwavering support for workers' rights earned him this respected recognition.
For decades, Beck actively championed fair wages, safe working conditions, and the importance of unions in protecting workers. His commitment went beyond rhetoric; he was a visible presence at... Read More