In Maine: IBEW Local 1837
16 Old Winthrop Road
Manchester, ME 04351
Phone: (207) 623-1030, Fax: (207) 621-8384
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680 Central Avenue, Suite 202
Dover, NH 03820
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In the Community

Two IBEW 1837 Members at CMP Receive Lifesaving Awards After Daring Rescue

Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds posing with their awards.
Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds seen
posing with their awards.

September 29, 2016 - Two IBEW 1837 members working at Central Maine Power have received the highest commendation offered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers after rescuing a man trapped inside a burning pickup truck after a crash.

It was an ordinary Thursday afternoon this past June that quickly turned extraordinary when CMP Lineworkers Andrew Grant and Paul Reynolds came upon a car/pole accident in Bridgton, Maine.

"We saw the truck was on its driver's side and was on fire," Brother Reynolds said. "There were secondaries (power lines) down there barking and arcing. (Then) we realized there was no one out of the vehicle yet!"

After Reynolds struggled at first to break the window with a gloved hand, Grant grabbed a set of pliers to smash it and pulled the man out before the truck was fully engulfed in flames.

"We were at the right place at the right time," Reynolds added.

As paramedics tended to the accident victim, Reynolds and Grant tended to the downed power lines to make the scene safe.

"We appreciate the acknowledgement but don't feel like any heroes," Brother Grant said.

IBEW 1837 Member’s Daughter Diagnosed with Rare Form of Leukemia; Union Encouraging Donations for Family

Giuffrida Family
The Guiffrida Family during happier
times at this summer's OpSail event.

December 21, 2015 - The young daughter of an IBEW 1837 member will be spending this Christmas in the hospital suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Jazzlyn Giuffrida just celebrated her first birthday this month and is a patient at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Central Maine Power Customer Service Representative and IBEW 1837 Union Steward Joe Giuffrida and his wife Jamie Lynn are being hit with unexpected expenses during this very difficult and challenging time. They have also lost much of Jamie Lynn’s income since she is unable to work while caring for her daughter and travelling between Augusta and Portland.

CMP, the First United Pentecostal Church and members of IBEW Local #1837 are working together to support the Giuffrida family during their time of need. Over $1,000 in donations were collected last week at CMP’s General Office, much of it given and collected by Joe’s fellow Customer Service Representatives.

IBEW Members at Eversource Show Support for United Way Campaign

Pam Paquette and Becky Johnson

Story by Pam Paquette

April 7, 2015 - Eversource (formerly known as PSNH) recently held its annual United Way campaign. Pam Paquette, Utility Group – Tilton Line and Becky Johnson, Generation – Schiller Station, have been the IBEW Local 1837’s union leadership serving as cabinet members. Pam and Becky were available to go to workplace campaign drives to assist and also authored correspondence from the Local encouraging members to take part in the campaign.  

The United Way and organized labor have been partners for almost 70 years. The IBEW is a firm believer in supporting our families and neighbors and lending a helping hand when called upon. Due to busy lifestyles, a lot of us have a difficult time scheduling in some volunteer work in our communities. We still want to contribute and we find that donating to United Way and/or an agency or non-profit that has special meaning to use can be done through the company’s annual campaign of payroll deduction.

This year, Becky and I are pleased to announce our results.  Fifty percent of our members here at Eversource donated!  The amount donated was almost $45,000, which is just about $6,400 more than last year.  Leadership Level givers amongst our members also increased from six to eight.  

CMP Plans Layoffs to Boost Profits

Workers at WGME-TV Begin Reaching Out to Public for Support

 

Signs used at demonstrations outside WGME-TV.
Signs used at demonstrations outside WGME-TV.

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