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

Inside IBEW 1837

April Meetings Cancelled and Nominations Postponed Due to COVID-19



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.

Kittery Water District Employees Form Union with IBEW 1837

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.

IBEW 1837 Member Poised to Serve in Maine Legislature

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.

Operating Technicians at WABI-TV Ratify 2-Year Contract


WABI-TV officially signed on
as Maine’s first television
station on January 25, 1953.

November 19, 2019 - Operating Technicians at WABI-TV in Bangor, Maine, ratified a new 2-year contract this week with raises of 2.5% each year and a $250 signing bonus. The starting pay rate for Operating Technicians was also increased.

As part of the new agreement, the Union and WABI-TV's owner Gray Television agreed that non-bargaining unit employees may perform covered work on an intermittent basis so long as bargaining unit members are not displaced as a result and the number of bargaining unit positions are not reduced. In addition, any time a Technician is not scheduled in Master Control they may be assigned other reasonable duties which they are capable of performing.

Changes were made in the collective bargaining agreement's grievance and arbitration language that both sides agreed provided greater clarity to the process.

IBEW 1837 Members at Emera Maine Approve Contract Extension if ENMAX Sale is Approved



October 16, 2019 - IBEW 1837 members at Emera Maine have ratified a 2-year contract extension that is contingent on the successful sale of the company to ENMAX of Calgary, Alberta. That proposed sale is currently being considered by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and may close over the next few months.

The extension includes a 3% annual wage increase in each of the two years of the agreement in all classifications with no other changes in the terms and conditions of the contract. The health insurance plan will also remain in place with no increase in cost for the first year and a cap in any cost increases in the second year.

“When ENMAX brought the proposed extension to us, we discussed it with our negotiating committee,” IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers said. “They agreed that we had an obligation to bring it to our membership for consideration. We’re pleased that our members will have some sense of security if the proposed sale is approved.”

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