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 202
Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 743-1652, Fax: (603) 743-1654

The Current Newsletter - Fall 2018

Featuring these headline stories and more:

NHEC: Strike Victory and New Contract Ratified (pg.1-2)
Brookfield: Member Returns From Layoff with Gratitude (pg. 1 & 6)
NextEra: Contract Extension Ratified (pg. 2)
Sea-3, Unitil, WGME: Contracts Ratified (pg. 3)
IBEW 1837: Leadership Changes/New NH Asst. Bus. Mgr. (pg. 4)
Quick Notes: Stewards Depart, Kilroy New Recording Sec’y. (pg. 4)
IBEW 1837: Weingarten Labor Rights (pg. 5)

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The Current Newsletter - Year End 2017

Featuring these headline stories and more:

Eversource: New Owners Set to Acquire Generation Assets (page 1)
New Contracts Ratified at Eversource, CMP, Granite Ridge & WABI-TV (page 1 - 3)

IBEW 1837: New Union Officers Elected (page 4)
Eversource: Bill Tarallo Retires After 50 Years at Company (page 4)
IBEW 1837: Members in NH Help Defeat "Right to Work" (page 6)
IBEW 1837: Members Help Restore Power in ME, NH & FL! (page 6)

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The Current Newsletter - Fall 2016

Featuring these headline stories and more:

CMP: Members Receive Lifesaving Awards After Rescue (page 1)
Eversource: Generation Assets Auction Moves Forward (page 2)
IBEW 1837: Protect Yourself: Disciplinary Interviews (page 3)
Eversource: Field Tech Negotiations Continue (page 4)
IBEW: Convention in St. Louis (page 4)
IBEW 1837: Members in NH Help Asplundh Organizing (page 5)
Sea-3: Members Ratify Two-Year Contract (page 6)
NHEC: Members Excel at NEPPA Lineworkers Rodeo (page 6)

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Nearly Five Years after Layoff, IBEW 1837 Member Returns to Brookfield with Gratitude to Union

Bill Brady is a Senior Production
Tech A for Brookfield in Maine.

Photo: Dave Estes

September 26, 2018 - It’s all too common for some people to question the need for unions in 2018. “Unions had their place in days gone by but they’re no longer necessary,” they say. But don’t say that to Bill Brady at Brookfield’s Renewable Energy. Bill is one member of IBEW Local 1837 who clearly understands the value of union membership and having union representation in today’s workplace.

When Brookfield announced their intentions in 2014 to pare back staffing at their Maine hydro facilities, IBEW Local 1837 proceeding to enter into a determined round of negotiations with the Company to make sure our members received respect and the best treatment possible under the circumstances. While some members eagerly accepted a package of buyouts and early retirement incentives, some of our members were not ready or able to take that step. The Company agreed to the Union’s proposal to give lengthy call-back rights to laid off workers for jobs that might open several years down the line.

For 54-year-old Senior Production Tech A, Bill Brady, it was a wait of 4 ½ years of working in non-union jobs and some challenging health problems, but his call-back finally came just before summer this year. Coming back to IBEW 1837 and his job at Brookfield was “like a cold drink after a long, hot day,” Bill said.

“The dynamics of a non-union shop were an eye opener,” Brady said. “Things like no bargaining for wage increase, no equal overtime possibility, management selected who was going to work or not.  No protection of trade ownership, for example, I hold a welding certificate, but another coworker without certification was used. And by the way I was responsible for the cost of maintaining the licenses I hold.  All these things seem to be too easy to be taken for granted when you have them, but when you don’t . . .  Well you get the point.”

3-Year Contract Extension for IBEW Members at Wyman Station

Wyman Station is on Cousins
Island in Yarmouth, Maine.

September 22, 2018 - IBEW 1837 members working for NextEra Energy at Maine’s Wyman Station ratified a 3-year contract extension earlier this week.

The idea of an extension to the collective bargaining agreement was initially proposed by Union Stewards at the oil-fired power plant. IBEW 1837 Business Manager Dick Rogers brought the idea to the Company, who initially offered a 1.5% wage increase each year for three years with no other changes to the contract.

After some discussions between Rogers and the Company, the offer was improved to a wage increase of 2% in each of the first two years and 1.5% in the third year. A $750 ratification bonus was also in the Company’s extension offer. Again, there were no other changes to the contract.

NextEra members voted on Monday, September 17, to ratify the extension. The Union represents 32 workers at the Yarmouth, Maine power plant.

The extension comes at a challenging time for oil-fired generation and as the company announced plans to take two of Wyman Station’s four units offline.


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