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Dept. of Energy provides key approval for Northern Pass

The U.S. Department of Energy has recommended the Northern Pass project receive a presidential permit — a key approval step for the transmission project and a major step toward creating more than a thousand construction jobs in the New England area.

An “impact statement” was released Aug. 10 by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in conjunction with other governmental agencies.

That led the DOE to award the presidential permit, which allows Northern Pass Transmissions, LLC to proceed with the permit process on the proposed 200-mile transmission line to carry 1,000 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec in Canada through New Hampshire.

While not the final step in the approval process, the permit is a key step in the process that started in October 2010.

In addition to its Presidential permit application to the DOE, Northern Pass, LLC applied to the U.S. Forestry Service for a special use permit that would authorize Northern Pass, LCC to construct, own, operate and maintain an electric transmission line to cross portions of the White Mountain National Forest under its jurisdiction.

Clearing the hurdle of this impact statement allows the much-needed project to move forward.

With the Presidential Permit approved, Northern Pass Transmissions, LLC will begin applying for all remaining permits needed to begin construction.

IBEW Local 104 supports Northern Pass for many reasons, including the work opportunities for our members during the construction phase, as well as the addition of an estimated $28 million in taxes for the New Hampshire economy every year.

“The Northern Pass project will provide work for hundreds of highly trained, local electrical workers and IBEW Local 104 appreciates the timely, thorough work undertaken by the U.S. Department of Energy, and the department’s focus on facts over rhetoric,” said Brian Murphy, Local 104 Business Manager.

Northern Pass is expected to be operational and able to provide hydroelectric power to the New England grid by 2020.

The entire Department of Energy Final Environmental Impact Statement Summary can be found online.

2017 Northeast Lineman's Rodeo & Family BBQ

The 13th Annual Northeast Lineman's Rodeo and Family BBQ will be held this year on Saturday July 22, 2017.

This event is in a new location this year:
Elk's Hall at 282 Durham Road in Dover New Hampshire.

See Map Below.

The outing starts at 11 am and ends at 4pm.
Climbing will start promptly at 11 am!

Bring your family for a day of fun with live music, bounce houses, face painting, BBQ lunch, balloon animals, pony rides and an ice cream truck! Hope to see you there!

New Hampshire Right To Work

New Hampshire House Votes No for Right to Work Bill

State House Representatives voted down efforts to make New Hampshire a So-Called “Right to Work” state.

In January, the Senate passed its version of a So-Called “Right to Work” bill, SB-11, leaving the fate of this anti-worker legislation in the hands of House members.
Several weeks after the Senate vote, the House of Representatives Labor, Industrial Rehabilitative Services Committee voted against recommending passage of their version of the bill, HB-520, on Feb. 8 with a 14-7 vote.

On Feb. 16, HB-520 was brought to a vote before the full New Hampshire House of Representatives and legislators soundly defeated the bill 200-177, as 32 Republicans sided with the Democratic caucus in this voting.

House members also voted 193-184 to indefinitely postpone further action on this issue during this legislative session, except for a House sponsored Right to Work bill.
“Republicans and Democrats in the State House stood together and made clear that this issue is above partisan politics,” said Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley to

“Thousands of working families made their voices known throughout this process and our politicians heard them loud and clear,” Buckley said.

Thank you to our Brothers and Sisters, friends, family and supporters who reached out to their Representatives to make their voices heard.

We consider this a victory, but only for now.

We do anticipate that a So-Called “Right-to-Work” bill will reappear in the New Hampshire State House of Representatives and in the New Hampshire Senate in the next legislative session.

As voting American union members, it is our duty to vote for politicians who represent our values and beliefs.

IBEW 2017 Founders’ Scholarship

To honor the first President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Henry Miller, and nine other individuals who helped found the IBEW on November 28, 1891 in St. Louis, the current Executive Officers are proud to offer the annual 2017 IBEW Founders’ Scholarship Award.

This scholarship is available to dedicated wiremen and linemen of the IBEW who have been in continuous good standing since May 2013, who are looking to further their education to benefit the electrical industry.

Along with the application form, all candidates must submit:

- A recommendation, in writing, by his/her Local Union Business Manager.
- At least two letters of recommendations.
- Copies of all academic transcripts, including high school, college, apprenticeship or other educational development programs.
- A completed resume outlining academic and work history.
o Additional information about what to include in the resume can be found in the application’s Rules for Entry section.
- Submit a 250-500 word essay discussing the topic of “How I will Use My Founders’ Scholarship to Benefit the IBEW and the Electrical Industry.”

The award is for up to $200 per semester credit hour or $134 per trimester credit hour at any accredited college or university for use toward an associate’s, bachelor’s or postgraduate degree. The maximum distribution is $24,000 per person over a period not to exceed eight years.

The official IBEW announcement and letter from International President Lonnie Stephenson can be viewed here. The application form with all rules and responsibilities is available for download and is due by May 1, 2017.

The independent IBEW Founders’ Scholarship Committee will select the winners based on the following criteria: academic achievement and potential, character, leadership, social awareness and career goals.

New Hampshire Right To Work

New Hampshire House Committee reviews So-Called “Right to Work” bill

A vote could come as early as Feb. 16 to make New Hampshire the nation’s 29th Right to Work state.

The Granite state is poised to become the first state in the northeast to pass So-Called “Right to Work” legislation this week when the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bill.

In January, the Senate passed its version of a So-Called “Right to Work” bill, SB-11.

The House of Representatives Labor, Industrial Rehabilitative Services Committee voted against recommending passage of their version of the bill, HB-520, on Feb. 8.

Despite voting to not recommend the passage of HB-520, the legislation will go before the full House of Representatives for a vote as early as Feb. 16.

“New Hampshire has the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and this bill will do nothing to address our state’s biggest economic challenge: helping companies attract enough workers to fill thousands of current job openings,” Jeffrey Padellaro, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Teamsters Union Local 633 told

Each of the 400 members who represent the state’s 204 districts was up for election in 2016, representing 204 districts. The Republican Party kept their majority in November, clearing a way for them to potentially pass this damaging piece of legislation.

As members of IBEW 104, we cannot stress the importance of this vote and how vital to our livelihood it is for New Hampshire to not become a So-Called “Right-to-Work” state.

While we are doing what we can to defeat HB-520, we need your help.

Local 104 encourages all of our New Hampshire members to contact your Representative as soon as possible and let it be known you do not support the So-Called “Right-to-Work” bill. If you do not know who your Representative is, you are able to find it through this link and select your town, district or county.

The New Hampshire House has rejected So-Called “Right-to-Work” bills 34 times in the past 38 years. Help us make it 35 times by contacting your Representative prior to Feb. 16.

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