IBEW 1837 News
September 12, 2016 - Local Unit Meetings have resumed after a summer break for members of IBEW Local #1837 throughout New Hampshire and Maine. The monthly meetings are an opportunity for our members to discuss issues affecting their jobs and their Union. In most cases, Union Business Managers, staff or elected officers will participate in the meetings. Members are welcome to attend any unit meeting although they can only vote in their home area units.
Meetings may be postponed or cancelled in the summer months, during storms or on holidays. Please check with the Union Office, your Shop Steward or our website calendar before driving to a meeting.
Some meeting times and locations may have changed in recent months. Please check the list below or use the link to download and print a copy to post on your Union bulletin board.
August 25, 2016 - Members of IBEW Local 1837 will spend a portion of "Labor's Day" weekend enjoying the company of their Brothers and Sisters from other local unions at exciting events throughout Maine and New Hampshire.
Starting with a BBQ and rally in Waterville, Maine, on Sunday, continuing Monday with celebratory breakfasts in Manchester, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine, and then spreading north throughout the Pine Tree State, workers will gather to listen to music and chow down on fine food all day long.
Please bring your family along and join the fun. Be sure to wear your union T-shirt or your regular work clothes. These are decidedly casual celebrations.
Here's a list below:
Sunday, September 4 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Labor Day Weekend Rally and BBQ
Head of Falls Park, Waterville (Rain or Shine!)
Sponsored by the Central Maine Labor Council
Free! Games, food, pie eating contest & Guest Speakers!
Monday, September 5 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m - Portland Labor's Day Breakfast
at the Irish Heritage Center, Corner of State and Gray Streets, Portland
Sponsored by the Southern Maine Labor Council
Celebrate Labor’s Day! $25 per ticket. Please join labor union members and special guests. Includes live music from 9 to 9 and ending with a short union march to Monument Square!
Monday, September 5 at 9:00 a.m - New Hampshire Labor Day Breakfast
at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH
Sponsored by the NH AFL-CIO
$30 donation per ticket. More info available by calling 603-623-7302 (ext. 17).
Monday, September 5 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Labor Day BBQ and Free Music
at the IBEW 567 Hall, 238 Goddard Road, Lewiston (Rain or Shine!)
Sponsored by the Western Maine Labor Council
Free! Free food, drinks and desserts provided!
Monday, September 5 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Labor's Day Dinner
at the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer
Sponsored by the Eastern Maine Labor Council
Suggested donation of $5, kids under 12 free. Proceeds benefit the Solidarity Harvest and Eastern Maine Labor Council.
Dinner will include locally grown food. Live music and speakers discussing the upcoming election.
June 21, 2106 - Union members working at the Sea-3 propane terminal facility in Newington, New Hampshire have voted to ratify a 2-Year contract. Voting concluded Monday afternoon on the agreement which will run through June 30, 2018.
All terms and conditions in the previous contract will continue without change. The 10 members of the IBEW 1837 bargaining unit will receive wage increases of 2 ½% each year.
Sea-3 has indicated that they have not been profitable in recent years. A proposed expansion of the Newington rail facility that could expand the work there has been put on hold by Sea-3’s parent company, Trammo.
IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers and Assistant Business Manager Tom Ryan appreciated the work of their fellow negotiating team members: Chief Steward Steve Paine and Steward Al Newton.
June 1, 2016 - Field Technicians A/B/C and Field Technician Specialists working for Eversource in New Hampshire have voted in favor of being represented by IBEW Local #1837 for collective bargaining. There are currently 29 workers in the classifications. They are commonly referred to as “Writers” and are responsible for work associated with the design, maintenance, construction and operation of the Eversource electric distribution system in the Granite State.
The National Labor Relations Board election was conducted by mail because the Field Techs and Specialists work throughout the state in multiple locations. The ballots were tallied on Friday, May 28, 2016 at the NLRB Region One office in Boston with a clear majority voting in favor of the Union. Work will begin soon on contract negotiations for these Eversource employees.
“We’re planning to get to work on bargaining for this group as soon as possible,” said IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tom Ryan. “We’ll be working with the Writers to select contract team members and to review contract proposals before we sit down at the table with the Company. Since the Writers voted to be included in our existing bargaining unit, it should help to streamline the negotiations and allow us to reach an agreement for them to consider relatively quickly.”
May 9, 2016 - It has been five years since IBEW 1837 member Bob Amos was first diagnosed with end stage renal failure. In April 2010, he found out that he would need a kidney transplant.
Brother Amos started working for PSNH on St. Patrick’s Day in 2001. The 58-year-old Schiller Equipment Operator needs to undergo dialysis treatments three times per week. The Rochester, New Hampshire resident is now on the waiting list for the Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
“They figure once you go on the list it is three to five years wait unless you have a living donor,” Amos said. “Then they can do it any time.”
You wouldn’t know that Bob has a serious medical condition if you saw him enjoying a yard sale or antique shop during his time off. He also continues to work his rotating shift for Eversource at Schiller Station with the support of his IBEW brothers and sisters.
“The guys at work have been really good,” Amos said.
March 25, 2016 - An 18-month collective bargaining agreement for 20 members of IBEW 1837 working at Granite Ridge has been ratified and will go into effect on Sunday, March 27, 2016. It’s the first contract for the union local with Calpine Corporation, a Houston-based generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources with more than 80 power plants.
Calpine purchased the Londonderry, New Hampshire, gas-fired plant that had been operated by NAES and has renamed it Granite Ridge Operating LLC. IBEW Local #1837 immediately reached out to the new Company and sought to reach a new agreement that would benefit our members. The previous agreement with North American Energy Systems (NAES) did not include contract successor language, so Business Manager Dick Rogers and Assistant Business Manager Tom Ryan knew it was vital to build an amicable and mutually constructive relationship with the new owners as quickly as possible.
“We’re pleased that we were able to reach an agreement quickly with Calpine and that they recognized the skills that our members bring to their new asset,” Brother Ryan said. “We look forward to working with them to ensure that Granite Ridge remains profitable and our members continue to enjoy the good jobs that they have there.”
Members will begin the new contract with the 3 3/8% increase that had previously been negotiated with NAES and will receive a 2 ½% wage adjustment on the contract’s first anniversary of March 27, 2017. The contract will run through September 27, 2017, with an agreement that any future wage adjustment would not take effect until at least March 27, 2018.
March 4, 2016 - Members of IBEW Local #1837 have elected delegates to represent them at the 39th IBEW International Convention in St. Louis. The delegates (in alphabetical order) are Pat Cote, Renee Gilman, Jeff Huckins, and Pamela Paquette.
Business Manager Dick Rogers and President Bill Tarallo will also represent the Local by virtue of their elected office in the Union.
Complete election results are available in the Members Only section by Clicking Here.
February 29, 2016 - After nearly 20 years as an IBEW union member employed by Bangor Hydro and its successor company Emera Maine, Renee Gilman is now working for Local #1837 as a Business Representative. The newly-created Business Representative position is part of a staff restructuring plan proposed by Business Manager Dick Rogers and approved by the IBEW 1837 Executive Board following the recent retirement of Assistant Business Manager Bill Dunn.
Sister Gilman started working as a Customer Service Representative for Bangor Hydro in 1997. She enjoyed interacting with the utility’s customers (“most of them, anyway”) and built close relationships with her co-workers at the Call Center. She wasn’t there long before she took an active role in her union.
“I came from a Union family, so it’s something that’s always been important to me. I became a steward a couple of years after I started with the company,” Renee said. “I’ve known about Unions for as long as I can remember. My Dad worked in a mill the whole time I was growing up. He was a steward and then a Chief Steward there, so it’s something we talked about a lot. He never backed down from the company, even when it would have been a lot easier for him. I think he enjoyed the challenge.”
In her new job as an IBEW 1837 Business Representative, Sister Gilman is currently working with and for our members at Emera Maine, which is made up of the former Bangor Hydro and Maine Public Service companies. She keeps busy communicating with members on a daily basis via phone, text and email, and working through their questions, the majority of which are contract related. Renee also works closely with Dick Rogers handling grievances and a wide variety of member issues while working with company representatives to try to resolve those issues in a way that benefits our members.