We are one of the largest and most progressive Canadian locals in the IBEW, with a proud history in New Brunswick
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is very proud of its history. One of the oldest unions on the continent, it was formed in 1891 in St. Louis, Missouri, and just eight years later its first Canadian local was established in Ottawa. Over the hundred years plus since that time, IBEW has grown to represent more than 700,000 members. In Canada alone, there are 100 IBEW Locals representing 60,000 members.
One of the great benefits of IBEW is its structure. Unlike many other unions, each IBEW local has complete autonomy, which means decisions are made locally by local members. But being part of a large international means every local benefits from the considerable resources of such a major organization.
Also, all the dues money paid by Canadian members stays in this country, and in fact, the vast majority of it stays with the local, ensuring members the greatest benefit possible for their dues.
75 cents of each dollar stays with the local, and of that 75 cents, 1.5 cents goes to the Atlantic Utilities Council, and umbrella organization for all IBEW Locals in the Atlantic provinces, which funds initiatives for the benefit of members throughout the region.
Our own Local 37 is just a toddler in comparison to its national and international, but its predecessors have a long, proud and growing history in New Brunswick.
IBEW Local 1733, based in Fredericton was issued a charter on September 1, 1951 and IBEW Local 2309, also based in Fredericton was issued its charter in 1971. In 1988 the two locals co-purchased their headquarters at 138 Neill Street and began to share office space and staff. They officially merged on April 3, 2000 to form Local Union 37 and now represent over 2100 members in New Brunswick.
Local 37's membership is comprised of the utility workers with NB Power, primarily within the four Operational companies: Conventional Generation, Nuclear Generation, Transmission, and Distribution & Customer Service. We also represent employees in the outside sector including Emera Utility Services and K & M Utilities, in addition to employees at Rogers Television - New Brunswick, office staff for Regional Council of Millwrights, Carpenters & Allied Workers, the Village of Perth-Andover and the utility workers at Algonquin Power - Tinker Dam, near Perth Andover, NB. This makes us the largest IBEW Local in Eastern Canada.