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

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Winning Bidders Announced for Eversource NH Generation Assets

The sale of Eversource's generation
assets will mark the completion of
NH's electricity deregulation process.

 

After waiting for more than three years to find out who will take ownership of the electric generation assets of Eversource NH (formerly PSNH), IBEW 1837 members and New Hampshire ratepayers finally have their answer. The winning bidders of an auction were announced on October 12 in an Eversource filing with the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC).

Eversource said their nine hydroelectric plants are being purchased for $83 million by Hull Street Energy, LLC and its affiliates. Hull Street is a private equity firm based in Bethesda, Maryland, that is focused on the power generation industry.

The three fossil fuel plants (Newington, Merrimack and Schiller Stations) are being purchased for $175 million by a partnership of Granite Shore Power LLC, a 50-50 joint venture of Atlas Holdings of Greenwich, Connecticut, and Castleton Commodities International of Stamford, Connecticut. 

The NHPPUC is expected to approve both of these transactions within a few months.

In 2014, Eversource entered into settlement talks related to the divestiture of their generating assets as the PUC responded to a new law giving them the authority to force the Company to sell them if it was in the “economic interest” of ratepayers. PSNH had been under pressure to sell in large part because costs associated with a state-mandated "scrubber" to reduce mercury emissions at Merrimack Station had led to substantial upward pressure on residential electric rates.

In 2015, IBEW 1837 members overwhelmingly ratified an agreement that extended their contract while providing additional employee protections if the fossil or hydro facilities were sold or closed. All prospective buyers agreed to abide by the terms of the Union contract and to continue to run the facilities for at least 18 months after the deal was finalized.

IBEW 1837 Members at Granite Ridge Ratify New 3-Year Deal

Granite Ridge Energy workers joined IBEW 
Local 1837 in 2006.

September 29, 2017 - IBEW members working at Granite Ridge Energy in Londonderry, New Hampshire have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement to take them through the next three years. It’s the second 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.

The agreement featueres a 2 ½% wage adjustment per year with the first of three raises taking effect on March 27, 2018, and the final two increases on that date in 2019 and 2020. The contract will run through September 27, 2020.

Other substantive changes include the addition of two floating holidays - one in January 2018 and the other in January 2020.

The Union Bargaining Team included Chief Steward James Golles (a Control Room Operator at Granite Ridge), IBEW 1837 Assistant Business Manager Tom Ryan, Business Manager Dick Rogers and Administrative Assistant Sue Ekola.

"The team negotiated extremely hard to get what we got," Brother Ryan said. "It was a tough negotiation."

IBEW Local 1837 represents all 19 maintenance and operations personnel at the gas-fired plant.

AT&T Union Workers Set to Strike

AT&T stores are located in 
36 states and Washington, DC.

May 18, 2017 - Workers at AT&T in Maine, New Hampshire and across the country are set to go on because the company refuses to return to the bargaining table. 

21,000 AT&T Mobility workers will be on strike if they do not reach an agreement with the company. They will walk off the job on Friday, May 19 at 3pm and return to work on Monday, May 22.

This greedy company makes huge profits but still wants more concessions from their union workforce - demanding more work for less and trying to replace them with low-wage workers at third party dealers and overseas.

Please consider stopping by one  of the picket lines in Maine or New Hampshire for a few minutes to lend your support. Click here to find picket locations and join them on the line!

IBEW 1837 Mourns the Passing of Brother Bob Burns

Bob Burns Photo
Bob Burns in 2008.

January 13, 2016 - Brother Robert "Bob" Burns, a beloved Central Maine Power retiree and IBEW 1837 member, passed away this week a few days after a tragic accident. He was 81 years old but had more energy than many people half his age.

Bob remained active in the labor movement and his local community after retirement and was loved and admired by many. Brother Burns was also one of the first members of the IBEW 1837 Retiree Club, and his photo graced literature promoting the group.

"Bob’s kindness, patience, the sparkle in his eye and his dedication to his family and the working people of Maine were always a pleasure to be around whether working phones for a phone bank, sharing a meal at an event, or hearing about something he was proud of that his children or grandchildren had accomplished," said Maine AFL-CIO President and IBEW 1837 member Cynthia Phinney. "He will be sorely missed."

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE in honor of Robert "Bob" Burns was scheduled for Saturday, January 14, at the South Lewiston Baptist Church, 1919 Lisbon Street, Lewiston.  Viewing 9:00 - 11:00 A.M. Funeral Service follows at 11:00 A.M. 

Click here to read the complete obituary that was published in the Sun Journal.

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.

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