October 24, 2012 - The last two years have seen exhausting battles in Concord and Augusta against so-called “Right to Work” bills and other anti-worker initiatives. It is only because of the sustained, excellent work of labor activists and allies in both states that we were able to minimize the damage against working people and their unions.
With New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch’s decision not to seek another two-year term, November’s election looms especially large.  Republican candidate Ovide Lamontagne, has proudly proclaimed that he will be like Wisconsin’s “Scott Walker on steroids.”... Read More
October 5, 2012 - IBEW Local 1837 members at the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative have ratified a new 5 1/2- year contract agreement that provides wage increases and preserves a defined benefit pension plan for current and new employees. The ratification vote prevented a looming strike at the utility that serves some 83,000 homes and business across 115 towns and cities.
The vote at NHEC's Plymouth headquarters followed a week's contract extension requested by a federal mediator. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #1837 represents approximately 85 employees at the company... Read More
September 24, 2012 - Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.4 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 2,200 families have benefited from their commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.
The 2013 Scholarship application is now available.
Application Deadline: A complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m.(Eastern Time) on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Applications received after this deadline will not... Read More
September 6, 2012 - The Electric System Operators at Unitil Service Corporation's Centralized Electric Dispatch (CED) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire have voted to be represented by IBEW Local 1837 for collective bargaining. A majority of the workers had indicated their interest in joining the IBEW by signing union authorization cards in July.
In a secret ballot election administered by the National Labor Relations Board, these workers confirmed their original decision by a 3 to 2 margin. Their victory came on the heels of Company tactics that the Union believes constituted unfair labor... Read More
September 5, 2012 - Local unit meetings for IBEW 1837 members have resumed in both states after a brief summer hiatus. Members had voted in late spring or early summer to temporarily suspend their meetings during the traditional summer vacation months. 
The monthly unit meetings are the best opportunity for members of IBEW 1837 to have their voices heard and participate in the business of the Local. Union staff and officers attend most of the meetings. They are available to answer questions and discuss issues important to our members in their workplaces and communities.
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August 17, 2012 - After only two bargaining sessions, Union and Company Negotiating Teams have inked a tentative agreement on a first contract for the recently-organized Meter Representatives at Maine Public Service Company (MPS).
Workers in the new bargaining unit are set to vote on whether to approve the contract agreement on Friday, August 24. The first union contract for the Meter Representatives includes a wage increase as well as a lump sum F.R. (fire retardant) clothing allowance. Both sides also reached tentative agreement to incorporate the Meter Representatives into the existing... Read More
August 2, 2012 - A majority of the Electric System Operators at Unitil Service Corp., Inc. in Portsmouth, New Hampshire have decided that they would like to be represented by IBEW Local 1837 for collective bargaining.
The System Operators indicated their interest in union representation by signing authorization cards that were submitted to the National Labor Relations Board. As a result of the Union's petition and the Company's refusal to voluntarily recognize the Union, the NLRB has scheduled a secret ballot election on Wednesday, September 5 in Portsmouth.
Although there are several issues... Read More
July 5, 2012 - IBEW Local 1837 member Aaron Gilman has been a mechanic at Maine's Bangor Hydro Electric for the last six years. This November, he hopes to add "State Representative" to his résumé after being recruited to campaign for the Maine House of Representatives.
Maine's 12th House District includes Gilman's hometown of Enfield as well as Edinburg, Howland, Lincoln, Maxfield and Plantation of Seboeis, plus part of the unorganized territory of North Penobscot. He'll be running on the Democratic Party line against the incumbent, Republican Party candidate Jeffery Gifford.
A close follower... Read More
June 5, 2012 - Members of IBEW Local 1837 have ratified a new contract with Unitil Energy Systems, Inc. (UES) in New Hampshire. The six-year agreement includes a 3% wage increase each year and wage adjustments in the first and second years for the majority of job classifications.
“I appreciate all of the hard work our negotiating team put into preparing for bargaining and seeing the process through to its conclusion,” IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tom Ryan said.
The contract will phase in an increase in the cost-sharing for health insurance over the term of the agreement from the... Read More
April 24, 2012 - The Meter Representatives at Maine Public Service Company have unanimously decided that they would like to be represented by IBEW Local 1837 for collective bargaining.  
All of the Meter Representatives at MPS indicated their interest in union representation by signing authorization cards after meeting with Business Manager Dick Rogers last Friday night in Presque Isle. In a phone call Monday morning with Gerry Chasse, President and Chief Operating Officer of Maine Public Service and Bangor Hydro Electric, the Union requested that the Company voluntarily recognize... Read More