December Shur Shot 2020

December 2020 Shur Shot


On behalf of the Executive Board and Shop Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to extend to all of our members, retirees and their families a happy and joyous holiday season. If you are possibly traveling over the holidays, please continue to be SAFE during this Covid Pandemic, drive defensively, and don’t drink and drive. The Union Hall will be closed during Christmas Shutdown, but if you should have problems or know of a member who has a death in the family, please call me, Travis Drake (515) 283-1784 X1; 1st Vice President, Justin Limke (515) 556-4746; or Shop Chairman, Curtis Templeman (641) 417-9681.



(Article VII, Section 2 (A) & (B), Page 17) With respect to bereavement pay, if any employee who was not scheduled to work during the Christmas Shutdown has a death in his/her immediate family that qualifies for five (5) days of bereavement pay, that employee will be eligible for bereavement pay during the five (5) calendar days immediately following the date of death excluding Saturday’s, Sunday’s, and Holidays. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your Committeeman, Steward or call the Union Hall. Also watch your email and the Facebook Page.


The Company may be working some employees during all or part of the Christmas Shutdown period. If you are scheduled to work on December 28 and/or December 30, 2020, these days become qualifying days for holiday pay. Therefore, if you are scheduled to work and are absent during either of these days for a reason other than the 16 listed in Article XVII, Section, 14(B), Page 103, your holiday pay will be reduced as set forth in Article XVII, Section 14(D), Page 105.

TAX REMINDER……The last Deere payroll stub of this year will have the cumulative total for all union dues that you paid in 2020. Please be sure to keep this stub for income tax purposes, if needed.



Any member who had lost time wages working at the Union Hall this past year and was paid by Local 450 must turn in a copy of their Profit Sharing statement that you’ll be receiving from Deere. We will calculate the amount of your Profit Sharing “Makeup” (if any) from your hours of lost time wages during the fiscal year. This will be paid out by December 31, 2020. Without a copy of your statement, the Local cannot calculate your “Makeup” pay.


The next Stewards Meeting is Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting will follow at 9:00 AM at the Union Hall. Both agendas include regular order of business.


The Shop Committee and Executive Board will be holding meetings open to all members. The meetings will be held at 7:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 4:00 pm at the Union Hall. The purpose of these meetings will be to review and discuss our current agreement and what changes the membership wants to see in the next agreement. We hope to cover all articles and sections in these meetings before our current agreement ends October 1, 2021. The next meeting will tentatively be held on Tuesday, December 22nd and will cover Article XII of the Contract book. Deere Employees Credit Union will also be present to go over budget and benefits provided should we go on strike next year.


Reminder, all Retirees Potluck/Meetings are postponed until further notice and the annual Christmas Party is canceled due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions of the COVID-19 Virus. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we want everyone to be safe. Once we gather again, the nominations for Chapter Officers will then be held.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year with warm wishes for a safe and healthy Holiday Season!!


Nov 30: John Sadler, Dept 77

Dec 31: Bruce True, Dept 12

Dec 31: Rick Gentosi, Dept 42

Dec 31: Brian Salasek, Dept 54


Harold Van Dyne

~Hired 4-15-59 ~Retired 1-31-90 ~Deceased 10-08-20

Winfred Coop

~Hired 6-18-69 ~Retired 8-31-99 ~Deceased 11-07-20

Merrill “Brownie” Brown

~Hired 3-15-65 ~Retired 3-31-95 ~Deceased 11-10-20

Williams Wambsgans

~Hired 6-8-59 ~Retired 6-30-89 ~Deceased 12-28-19


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

Never Joined:                                                   Dropped Out of Union:

Charles Faber D/38                                        Jesse Cowling D/40A

Logan Klein D/40A                                        Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A

Charles Runyon D/30W                               Dylan Danielson D/40A

                                                                         Gilbert Decena D/30A

Probationary Employees:                             Mark Eddy Jr. D/38

Isidro Gonzalez D/40A                                 Thomas Francis D/40C

James Haberling D/40A                                Garth Freimark D/54

Korben Lewis D/40A                                   Devon Greer D/43

Megan Linn D/40A                                      Gary Hockey D/17

Austin Moore D/09R                                  William Irvine D/30W

Nicholas Rogers D/31                              Ryan Kellerhals D/40A

Heather Umbarger D/30W                     Travis Lehman D/38

                                                                     Mark Leisure D/23

Dropped Out of Union:                           Tracy Marshall D/30A

Stephanie Anderson D/40A                   Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Ted Brown D/17                                      Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23                             Tam Pham D/40C

Toi Cam D/23                                        Aaron Rist D/30A

Douglas Clouse D/42                           Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Christopher Conrad D/38                   Steven Ryun D/40A

Michael Cook D/30A                           Chris Sorensen D/05F

Joseph Cortez D/54


10 months


Please make sure that your personal contact information is up to date with the Union Hall. With Contract Negotiations coming up in the next year, it is important for the Union Hall to be able to contact the membership with updates and notifications from negotiations.

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

Gabe Lyons writes in his article, "Faithfulness In An Age Of Distraction", We’re living in an extraordinarily distracted age. It’s impacting society, and chances are it's impacting you. Did you know …? "64% of car accidents are caused by distracted driving. The average student can focus on a given task for only 2 minutes. The typical Internet user’s online screen focus lasts for an average of 40 seconds. The average 25 to 34-year-old checks his or her phone 50 times per day. The average 25 to 34-year-old spends 2.5 hours per day on social media, while the average 8 to 18-year-old child spends 9 hours on social media per day. On average, we spend 650 hours per year reading and responding to emails. We touch, swipe and tap our screens an average of 2,617 times per day." We do live in an age of distraction. And the way things are in our culture today, who could blame us? But I hope we don't become so distracted that we forget the greatest event of history that took place 2000 years ago. "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger." (Luke 2:15-16). Take time to draw away from all the "distractions" this year and allow the timeless story to speak to you once again. "God so loved the world..." Think about it.


Dec 24-Jan 1, Christmas Shutdown

(Return to work Jan 4, 2021)