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


  • February 9, 2021 - Anti-union politicians in Concord and out-of-state special interest groups are back at it again. They’re trying to cut wages and benefits for union members by supporting more deceptively titled “Right to Work” legislation, Senate Bill 61.

    Right to Work should be called “Right to Work for Less!” It doesn’t create any jobs or give anybody rights. It simply undermines the ability of working people to join together in strong unions by attacking their unions’ financial health. When unions are undermined in this way, wages, benefits and safety for workers all suffer as a result. In fact, what these special interest groups really want to do is abolish unions altogether.

    “This will be devastating for the hardworking men and women in New Hampshire,” said IBEW 1837 member Pat Moran, a Troubleshooter at Eversource.  “This will lead to low paying jobs, jobs with less benefits and in general employees that have no care for their employers.”

    If Senate Bill 61 is passed by the New Hampshire Senate, it would then move on to the House of Representatives where it would face additional hearings and a vote by that legislative body.

    “Our members know that these bills are designed to hurt them and their families and they’re speaking out and contacting their elected representatives,” said IBEW 1837 Business Representative Matthew Beck. “Wages in so-called right to work states are 16% lower on average and why would anybody think that’s a good idea?”



  • February 8, 2021 - A union organizing campaign by registered nurses at Maine’s largest hospital has captured the attention of union members and hospital patients throughout Northern New England. It also has earned a rare public endorsement from IBEW Local Union #1837.

    “We’re proud to stand with the registered nurses at Maine Medical Center as they join together to form their union,” said Michelle Crocker, President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #1837. “Our local union E-Board, made up entirely of rank-and-file union members from our represented companies, voted unanimously to support them in this important effort.”

    IBEW Local #1837 represents nearly 1,600 union members in Maine and New Hampshire working at utilities and broadcast outlets.

    “We regret that the hospital administration seems to be employing the same tired, old union-busting tactics that their anti-union consultants often favor,” Sister Crocker continued. “We urge Maine Med’s administration to show these heroic RNs the respect they deserve and let them make their own decision without the unrelenting pressure that only serves to make their jobs more difficult.”

  • Linda votes for the contract
    Kittery Water District Office Manager
    Linda Johnson voted to ratify the contract.
    Every member of the bargaining unit took
    the time to cast their ballot.

    December 30, 2020 - At least one good thing has come out of a very bad year: Workers at the Kittery Water District have overwhelmingly ratified their first contract with IBEW Local #1837. The 15 workers at the water utility include office staff, filtration plant workers, laborers, meter readers, service technicians and others.

    “We’re grateful to negotiating team members Linda Johnson, Matthew Crosby, and Brandon Woods for the time and effort they put into making this a good first contract,” said IBEW 1837 Organizer and Business Representative Matt Beck. “The contract guarantees that they will be able to maintain the good wages and benefits they currently enjoy while making other substantive improvements as well.”

    Although the employees at Kittery Water District had been in IBEW Local #1837 through most of the 1990's, both sides at the bargaining table approached the negotiations as if this was the first contract agreement for them. IBEW 1837 Business Manager Tony Sapienza and attorney Jeff Young also participated in the bargaining along with Beck and IBEW 1837 notetaker Sue Ekola.

    The 2-year contract agreement includes 2.5% wage increases in each year and maintains 100% health insurance coverage paid for by the Kittery Water District. Other improvements included new requirements by management to give employees advance notice for schedule changes and improving opportunities to earn overtime pay. It also instituted a grievance and arbitration process for any violations of the agreement.

  • 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.

  • September 24, 2021 - 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 has moved some meetings online via Zoom for Units that have lost their meeting locations or have chosen not to meet in person. Union staff is available to meet on an as-needed basis where meetings are cancelled.

    Please consider wearing 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. (Meeting on Zoom)*
    *Use this Zoom link from your computer, tablet or smart phone: www.tinyurl.com/PortlandLewistonZoom

    Unit 7, Lewiston: First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (Shared Zoom meeting with Unit 6, Portland)*
    *Use this Zoom link from your computer, tablet or smart phone: www.tinyurl.com/PortlandLewistonZoom

    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. (Meeting on Zoom)*
    *Use this Zoom link from your computer, tablet or smart phone: www.tinyurl.com/BangorUnitZoom

    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


  • 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.

     

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