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

Nominations for Local 1837 Officers in August



UPDATE: Unit 5, Keene and Unit 2, Manchester have been postponed. With a large number of Eversource NH members working out of state doing restoration work, these meetings have been postponed. The Manchester Area meeting will be held on August 18. Watch this space for the rescheduled meeting info. Nominations still can be made by email, U.S. mail, or at any other Unit Meeting.

July 28, 2020 -  Nominations for the offices of IBEW Local Union #1837 may be made orally at the regular monthly Unit Meetings during August 2020:  President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, One (1) Executive Board Member from each Unit of Local 1837. A meeting schedule is below and click here to download. Please note that since some buildings are closed for meetings due to COVID-19, August unit meetings may take place outside the buildings indicated in a nearby parking lot or adjacent area.

In addition, members may send nominations or self-nominate via U.S. Mail or email. (Click here to download optional nomination form.) Be sure to include your member number from your union membership card. Send your nominations by U.S. Mail to IBEW Local Union #1837, 16 Old Winthrop Road, Manchester, ME 04351 or email: union@ibew1837.org.

No member shall be nominated for office unless he/she is present or signifies his/her willingness in writing.  Members who self-nominate must indicate their willingness to serve. Members of one unit may nominate members of another unit. A nominee must have been a member in good standing of Local 1837 for two years and the Unit Recorder shall forward a list of candidates, signed by him/herself and the Unit Chair to the Local Union Recording Secretary. All nominations must be submitted by 8/28/20.

Schiller Station Closing Is The End of An Era

Schiller Station photo taken in July 2020.
Schiller Station stopped generating
electricity in June 2020.

July 14, 2020 - The long-term and likely permanent closure of Schiller Station in Portsmouth last month not only marked the end of 70 years generating electricity for the Granite State, but it was the end of the bargaining unit that played a pivotal role in the history of IBEW Local #1837.         

Local 1837 was first established at Schiller in 1953 as the framed charter hanging in the Union’s Dover office helps to memorialize. Richard Pray is credited with organizing the union at the power plant and his name is one of 24 on that historic charter document. Brother Pray would become Local 1837’s first Business Manager. Twenty years later in 1973, the International Union would consolidate 11 Locals representing electric utilities in New Hampshire and Maine but keep “1837” as the designation for all of them.

The original charter for Local 1937.
The charter for IBEW 1837 is dated
April 6, 1953 in Portsmouth, NH.

Schiller Station has been owned by Granite Shore Power since it was purchased from Eversource NH (formerly Public Service Company of New Hampshire) in January 2018. The purchase was part of the divestiture of Eversource NH’s generation assets mandated by the New Hampshire Legislature. Previous attempts to deregulate the utility were opposed by PSNH and union members joined the company in providing compelling testimony against the move. However, Eversource NH supported the 2018 divestiture plan and the Union negotiated to minimize any negative effects on members. GSP continues to operate Newington Station right next door to Schiller and Merrimack Station in Bow.

“GSP informed us this spring that they would begin an extended outage at Schiller in June with no end date and they have no intention of running it in the future,” IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tony Sapienza said. “They’ve laid off the entire workforce.”

New Granite Shore Power Contract Set for Ratification Vote


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.

Contract Extension Signed at Eversource NH



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.

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