February 2021

Due to the ongoing outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus and for the safety of our members, employees, and customers, the Union Hall is open but we are still restricted to social distancing guidelines of 6 ft. apart, limited capacity, and masks are required if within 6 ft. for 15 minutes or more.  Be safe everyone!


The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on tentatively Saturday, February 20, 2021 at the Union Hall.  (May change depending upon the Governor’s Covid restriction guidelines).  Agenda includes 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, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 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.  There will be two meetings this month: Tuesday, February 16th will cover Articles XIII & XIV of the Contract book and Appendix B of the Benefits book; Tuesday, February 23rd will cover Article XV & XVI of the Contract book and Appendix B continued of the Benefits book.


If you are receiving a lost time check, bonus makeup, refund of dues, expense check, tournament prize winnings check, etc. from the Local Union, please attempt to cash the checks in the same month as they were issued.  Remember, our policy is that any check issued is good for only 90 days from the date written. After 90 days, the checks will be voided and you will have to come to the Union Hall to have it reissued.

 Joseph Nizzi,

Financial Secretary-Treasurer


South Central Iowa Federation of Labor has notified us they are offering the James Caffrey Scholarship.  Traditionally this has awarded one $500.00 Scholarship to any high school senior in a South Central affiliated Union household.  Application deadline is March 31, 2021.  This year’s theme is: Do you think it is important the President of the United States should support organized labor?  Please explain why or why not.  The winner will be announced at South Central’s April 14, 2021 meeting.  They will notify the student on April 15, 2021.  Anyone who is interested, please stop by the Union Hall to pick up an application.


Reminder, all Retirees Potluck/Meetings are postponed until further notice 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.


Robert Leonard

~Hired 11-12-56 ~Retired 12-31-88 ~Deceased 11-19-19

Earl Smith

~Hired 02-09-59 ~Retired 09-30-87 ~Deceased 12-22-20

Michael Kerr

~Hired 01-03-73 ~Retired 01-31-08 ~Deceased 01-02-21

Alva “Rex” McAninch

~Hired 06-09-48 ~Retired 04-30-82 ~Deceased 01-06-21

William Hall

~Hired 01-17-63 ~Retired 12-31-98 ~Deceased 02-01-21


“Thank you so much for the bible and the beautiful plant.  We plan to use the memorial donation to set up a fund for Jim’s children.  We appreciate the generosity of your members.  Thank you for your kind words.  Jim loved his work for the Union.”

Jack & MaryJo Bartels Family

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Family of Winfred Coop (Funeral)

Family of Marion Papich (Funeral)

Family of Don Quinn (Funeral)

Family of James Bartels (Funeral)

Bidwell Riverside Center (Donation)

DMARC Food Pantry (Donation)

American Legion Riders Post 232 (Donation)


Feb 28: Dale Moyer, Dept 05S

Apr 30: Timothy Archer, Dept. 54


The Trustees of Local 450 are requesting bids to mow the Union Hall property. Also include in your bid a separate amount for weed/fertilizer in the Spring/Fall.  The area to be mowed is all of the grass inside the fenced property.  Make your bid for the entire mowing season ending in the Fall of 2021.  The Trustees reserve the right to reject any or all bids.  Bids must be submitted by 3:00 PM, March 9, 2021 to the Union Hall.  The successful bidder will be notified at a later date. (Note, taxes will be withheld and you will receive a W-2 at the end of the year.  If it’s a business, we will need your Tax ID number and you will receive a Form 1099.)


          8 months

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

The resiliency of love reveals itself in the story of two newlyweds. Prior to the marriage the groom was apprehensive about his foot odor problem. His father recommended frequent foot washing and wearing socks to bed. He thought that was a good idea and he did it. The bride-to-be was likewise apprehensive about her terrible morning breath. Her mother’s advice was to get straight out of bed in the morning, brush her teeth and not say a word until after she had done so. She thought this to be an excellent idea. The loving couple was finally married. Not forgetting the advice each had received, he with his perpetual socks and she with her morning silence, they managed quite well. That is, until about six months later. Shortly before dawn, the husband woke up startled to find that one of his socks had come off. Fearful of the consequences, he frantically searched the bed. This, of course, woke his bride, who, without thinking, immediately asked, "What on earth are you doing?" "Oh, no!" he gasped in shock, "You’ve swallowed my sock!" How easy it is to make a false assumption when you don't have all the information. It can lead to false accusations and misunderstanding. Where do you find truth in this day and age? The Bible says this about God's Word, "The entirety of Your word is truth,..." (Psalm 119:160). Trying to make sense of everything going on in the world today? Try looking at the truth (God's Word). Think about it.


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

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A

Logan Klein D/40A

Dylan Danielson D/40A

Charles Runyon D/30W

Gilbert Decena D/30A


Mark Eddy Jr. D/38

Probationary Employees:

Thomas Francis D/40C

Isidro Gonzalez D/40A

Garth Freimark D/54

Korben Lewis D/40A

Devon Greer D/43

Megan Linn D/40P

Gary Hockey D/17


William Irvine D/30W

Dropped Out of Union:

Ryan Kellerhals D/40A

Stephanie Anderson D/40A

Travis Lehman D/38

Ted Brown D/17

Mark Leisure D/23

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Toi Cam D/23

Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A

Douglas Clouse D/42

Tam Pham D/40C

Christopher Conrad D/38

Aaron Rist D/30A

Michael Cook D/30A

Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Joseph Cortez D/54

Steven Ryun D/40A

Jesse Cowling D/40A

Chris Sorensen D/05F

For more than 45 years, the Family Education Center has been a place where UAW members and their families come together for an experience that combines education with recreation.

Detroit - Today’s investment by General Motors in the Romulus GPS and GM Bedford Casting Operations recognizes the world class production of engines and engine components by UAW members. By investing over $100 million dollars, GM has made a commitment to the work and jobs that benefit UAW members, their families and communities in Romulus and Bedford.
By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW A month into a tumultuous start of a new year, a new year following the most chaotic year in America that any living person can remember, I am seeing signs that the work in the streets and in our hospitals and at our voting booths far and wide, are saying even in states no one thought we would have captured after 2016, that even though we have been hit hard on so many fronts, it’s our front line that is now advancing for the greater good. It is divisiveness and hate that must retreat; it is science that will now confront COVID-19. And it is Americans of color who overcame at the polls to deliver the House, the Senate and the Presidency....
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