2018 April Shur Shot


May 28 ~ Memorial Day

Jul 4 ~ Independence Day

Sept 3 ~ Labor Day

Nov 22-23 ~ Thanksgiving

Dec 24 thru Jan 1, 2019 ~ Christmas Holiday Break (return to work Jan 2, 2019)




The next Regular Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Union Hall.  Agenda includes regular order of business.  The 5/$15.00 Mills Fleet Farm Gift Card winners in March were: Keith Chada, Jon Vaughan, Andrew Thomas, John Fulmer, Emir Pujagic, and Ray Casper.



Date:              Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Time:             6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

*Place:           John Deere Plant “Media Center”

Positions: Three (3) delegates to the 37th Constitutional Convention and one (1) Shop Committeeman vacancy.


*NOTE:  Only UAW employees of the Des Moines Works that have active access badges will be allowed to vote at the factory on Tuesday, April 3.  Voting will be allowed before the start of an employee’s shift, at break time, at lunch time, or after the end of an employee’s shift.  All others will need to vote at the Union Hall on Wednesday, April 4.


Date:              Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Time:             6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Place:             Local 450 Union Hall

                        4589 NW 6th Drive in Des Moines, IA

Run-off (if necessary) Union Hall only:  Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

All active and retired members in good standing are eligible to vote.  Retirees cannot vote for the Shop Committeeman position.



37th Constitutional Convention              Shop Committteeman

(Vote for up to 3)                                          (Vote for 1)


Justin Limke                                                 Casey Presnall

JD Neal                                                          James Rainey

Dave McCuddin                                           Bob Dull

Richie Tague                                                  Jammie Carroll

Mike Hebel                                                    Matt Wadle

Jessie “Diesel” Johnson                               Keith Chada

                                                                        Joseph Nizzi


UAW Local 450

Election Committee


Our next Retirees Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Union Hall with Potluck at 12:00 Noon.

The 2/$10.00 door prize winners in March were Bill Hall and Tim Armstrong.  Bill Luther and Steve Smith’s names were drawn for the $30.00 progressive door prize, but they were not present.




(Formally known as “Jerry’s” Coffee)

Date:   Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time:  9:00 AM

Place: Local 450 Union Hall

            4589 NW 6th Drive in Des Moines, IA

Contact: Jerry McCullough (515) 967-6342





Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28th; a day to remember workers who have lost their lives or have been severely injured in work related accidents.  This is a day that reminds us how important workers health, safety and welfare continue to be, not only here but across the country.



If you know or work with any of these people, invite them to join our Union:


Ted Brown D/17

Tracy Marshall D/40A

Brian Burch D/09R

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23

Renee Owens-Nichting D/40A

Kyle Caffrey D/30W

Aaron Rist D/30A

Hung Diep D/90

Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Mark Eddy Jr. D/38

Charles Runyon D/74

Charles Faber D/38

Steven Ryun D/40A

Seth Garland D/39

Zackery Sabus D/54

Gary Hockey D/40A

Craig Scrivner D/09R

William Irvine D/30W

Chris Sorensen D/05F

Gabrielle Kent D/09R

Savannah Sorensen D/40P

Travis Lehman D/90

Francisco Tavera D/40T

Mark Leisure D/23

Jordan Wang D/30A

Timothy Mallory D/40P

Tisha Williams D/09R


CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

A wife woke up one morning and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?” “I don’t know, but your birthday is coming soon. Tuesday, you’ll know,” he replied. A few nights later, she again woke up after having a dream, “This time, I dreamed you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know Tuesday,” he replied. The night before her birthday, she again woke up telling him about her dream, “This time I dreamed that you bought me a diamond necklace. What do you think it means?” “Honey, be patient. You’ll know tonight." he said. That evening, the husband came home with a package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it--to find a book entitled, "The Meaning of Dreams." Unmet expectations can be difficult for us to handle. We have in our minds how we think things ought to be or how situations should turn out. But our preconceived notions can prevent us from seeing what God is really up to. Imagine how the disciples of Jesus must have felt when they saw Him hanging on a cross. This wasn't what they expected. Little did they know that God was up to something better. Next time you face an unmet expectation, remember, God may have something better in mind. Think about it.


Name                          Retired            Deceased

Lee Bingham               09-30-01          03-03-18

Matthew Bachman     (Active)           03-07-18



~ Ronald McDonald House, Minnesota (Donation), Memory of TJ Denham (Travis Denham’s son)

~ St. Mary’s Fire & Rescue Dept. (Donation), Memory of Mary Cunningham (Larry Goodrich’s Mother-in-Law)

~ ~

Dear Dept 30A, Union Brothers & Sisters:

We will always remember with grateful appreciation your kindness to us in our time of loss.  Thank you so much for your support, comforting words, and the generous donations.  Your kindness and thoughtfulness means so much.

The Family of Mike Maddux


Every year, as I think about the Thanksgiving holiday, I always try to concentrate on the things that we as a union, and our sisters and brothers in solidarity everywhere, have to be thankful for. And, as always, there is much to be thankful for. But what to say about 2020?
Local 163 President Ralph Morris Jr. talks about the importance of certifying November's election results and making sure that every vote is counted.


TUES, NOV 11, 2019 

Thank a Vet! 


Nov 28-29, Thanksgiving 

Dec 23-Jan 1, Christmas Shutdown 

(Return to work Jan 2, 2020) 

Michigan voters decided and are ready to move Michigan forward together. Senator Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield should be focused on protecting Michiganders during COVID-19, not undermining the election results.

As UAW members get involved in the communities where they live, they have a deep impact not just on their workplaces and their families, but on our nation. For UAW Administrative Assistant to President Rory L. Gamble, Allen Wilson, that meant a front row seat in the national spotlight as he served on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

The stakes? Who will be our nation’s next president.

Detroit - “Enough. Voters in Wayne County, Michigan and throughout this country should know that their votes aren’t subject to some arcane public relations spectacle using the courts and legislative procedures as a hammer to deprive them of their personal Constitutional rights to vote.

Today, in the ultimate insult to voters, the two leaders of Michigan’s Legislature are headed to the White House for an arm-twisting to artfully try to deny the counting of their legitimate votes.

Local 2209 Sends $100k to Vietnam Wall Project with More to Come Members of Local 2209 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, consider it part of their job to make sure the public fully appreciates the sacrifices made more than a half century ago in Vietnam.

Detroit - “In a challenging year, UAW members during this time of national crisis have pulled together to safely and productively make some of the finest quality vehicles and trucks in the world. This profit statement reflects our UAW members’ commitment to safety as they returned to the plant this spring, and their dedication to the quality and craftsmanship that is second to none.”q

Detroit - UAW International President Rory L. Gamble has received lifetime achievement awards from the Detroit Chapter NAACP and the Western Wayne County NAACP this month honoring his and UAW’s commitment to the fight for social justice.

Gamble, the UAW’s first African American International President, said he was humbled and honored by the award. “This confirms that the work we do at the UAW in fighting for social justice and the rights and dignity of all Americans is recognized by our community.”

Since its inception, since we got here as a nation, America has been about the right to allow its citizens to pick and choose our best and most qualified people for public office. We took a while to get here. We started out with some states allowing only white male adult property owners to vote, with non-whites and women and non-property owners on the outside looking in.