April 2022

APR 2022
JILL SCOTT TRAVIS DRAKE
EDITOR UNION HALL PRESIDENT
(515) 283-1784 X4 (515) 283-1784 (515) 283-1784 X1
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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

UNITED HEALTH CARE HERITAGE PREMIER www.myuhc.com
1-888-533-3731
UNITED HEALTH CARE CHOICE PLUS
1-888-533-3731 (Outside IA-IL Area)
UNITED HEALTH CARE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE (Retirees)
1-866-811-8476
UNITED BEHAVORIAL HEALTH
1-888-533-7311
UNITED HEALTH CARE DENTAL
1-800-996-7518
OptumRX (Prescriptions)
1-888-279-2568
UNITED HEALTH CARE VISION
1-888-533-3731 www.myuhc.com
DEERE BENEFIT CENTER
Alight Solutions
1-844-689-7833 (Active & Retired)
Aon Hewitt (PENSION)
1-844-689-7833
MET-LIFE LEGAL PLANS (f/k/a HYATT)
1-800-821-6400 www.legalplans.com
FIDELITY 401K BENEFITS
1-800-354-3427
JOHN DEERE PLANT
515-289-1350
JOHN DEERE MEDICAL
515-289-3219 / Fax: 515-289-3487
LOCAL 450 UNION HALL
515-283-1784
SHOP COMMITTEE
Chair, Keith Chada
515-289-3206
Josh Overton
515-289-3230
Jon Vaughan
515-289-3069
Pat Garcia
515-289-3068
UAW SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE
Steve Bradley
515-289-3653/Cell: 515-306-3777
UNION TIME STUDY REPRESENTATIVE
Keith Frette
515-289-3542

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS 2022
Apr 15, Good Friday
May 30, Memorial Day
Jul 4, Independence Day
Sept 5, Labor Day
Nov 24-25, Thanksgiving


STEWARDS & REGULAR MEETING
Due to a motion made at the March Meeting and with the upcoming Good Friday Holiday weekend, the April Meeting has been changed to Saturday, April 23, 2022. Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM at the Union Hall. Agenda includes regular order of business.

38th CONSITUTIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES
Due to winners by acclamation, there will be no upcoming Election held for three (3) delegates to the 38th Constitutional Convention. The winners are Randolph Scott, Josh Overton, and Curt Rosener.
UAW Local 450
Election Committee

A “BIG THANKS” FROM YOUR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE!
We would like to start off by thanking the Local 450 membership for the opportunity to host our first annual Black History Celebration and Blood Drive that took place on February 26th. There was a great turnout of both Local members and community supporters and enough blood donated to save 25 lives! We had great food, fellowship, volunteers, and friends. Thank you to those who participated! If you missed out, stay tuned for information on our next venture!
The Committee also had an opportunity to send 3 members to the 2022 Black Men in Unions Institute where we attended the Diversity & Civil Rights Workshop. The members came back with new ideas and information that we are excited to share with the body! We also made great connections with members from across the country and look forward to building our relationships with other Locals!
If you are interested in joining our committee, volunteering, or need any assistance with Civil and Human Rights concerns, please reach out to us or join us at our next meeting, Wednesday, April 6th at 6:40 p.m. at the Union Hall. We are always looking for your ideas and assistance in programming and uniting us as people and a Union!

1ST ANNUAL EASTER CELEBRATION
Local 450’s 1st Annual Easter Celebration open to family and friends of Local 450 members and retirees will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Union Hall. Pictures with the Easter Bunny 4:00-5:00 PM printed on site to take home. Easter Egg Hunt 5:00-6:00 PM with over 400 eggs to find. Easter Dinner of ham, potatoes, corn, pasta salad and rolls will be served at 6:00 PM. Come one, come all!!


RETIREES NOTE
The next Retirees Luncheon/Meeting will be held on April 13, 2022 with fried chicken from Pizza Ranch, mashed potatoes & gravy, and coleslaw at 12:00 Noon; meeting to follow at 1:00 PM at the Union Hall. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Virus, no Potluck will be held. We want everyone to be safe. DO NOT BRING FOOD IN unless it’s in a store-bought prepared package/box.
We’d like to welcome the following new Chapter members: Gregory Simonson, Timothy Whitaker, Jeffery Burton, William Sharp, and Mark Degreef. Please come join us at our meetings:
The $25 door prize winners in March were Greg Simonson and William Morlan. Patrick King and Willard Sloss’ names were drawn for the $125 progressive prize, but they were not present. Next progressive will be $150.

RETIREMENT CONGRATS!!
Jan 21: Mark Degreef
Mar 31: Lynn Blaser


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

Never Joined: Dropped Out of Union:
Seth Conrad D/30A Dylan Danielson D/40A
Charles Faber D/38 Gilbert Decena D/40A
Logan Klein D/30A Thomas Francis D/40C
Brett Pettit D/09R Tonja Galvan D/30P
Benjamin Rebik D/40T Devon Greer D/43
Javier Santana D/30P William Irvine D/30W
Ryan Kellerhals D/40A
Rehired but Didn’t Rejoin: Renee Koehlmoos D/40P
Charles Runyon D/30W Darrell Kruse D/88
Travis Lehman D/38
Dropped Out of Union: Tracy Marshall D/30A
Stephanie Anderson D/40A Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A
Alex Bentley D/30A Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A
Ted Brown D/40A Tam Pham D/05Q
Edgar Burke Jr. D/23 Leonard Poels D/95
Toi Cam D/23 Aaron Rist D/30A
Christopher Conrad D/38 Jeffrey Robbins D/43
Michael Cook D/30A Alex Smith D/40A
Jesse Cowling D/30A Chris Sorensen D/05F
Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A Steven Thompson D/09R

The following taken from South Central AFL-CIO……
WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY ~ APRIL 28th
Workers’ Memorial Day is 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 in Iowa but across the country.
Thursday, April 28th, the labor movement will again observe Workers’ Memorial Day. This memoriam will be held at the Capital on the WEST TERRACE. The event will begin at 11:00 AM and everyone is invited to attend this day of remembrance. Working families from across the state will once again gather to honor workers who were killed on the job in Iowa this past year.


IN MEMORY
Charles Hethershaw
~Hired 05-25-59 ~Retired 10-31-03 ~Deceased 09-07-21

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
There was a little girl that was watching her mother do the dishes one evening and she suddenly noticed that her mother had some white hair mixed in with her red hair. She said, ''Mother, why are some of your hairs turning white?'' The mother thinking this would be a good teachable moment said, ''Honey that is because every time you do something wrong, and you make mother cry, or you break her heart, one of her hairs turn white.'' She was so smug in what she had just said until her little girl said, ''Well momma, how come all of grandma's hairs are so white?'' The little girl was making an interesting observation-how easy it is to see the faults of others while being blind to our own shortcomings. An old Arabian proverb says, "Judge a man by the reputation of his enemies." The Bible puts it another way, "The king who judges the poor with truth, His throne will be established forever." The next time we decide to make a judgment about a person, it is important we have all the facts. Once we do, we might see them in a better light. Think about it.