August 2021

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS 2021 

Sept 6, Labor Day 

 NOW, MORE THAN EVER, WITH THE CONTRACT COMING UP, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR ADDRESS & PHONE NUMBER UPDATED AT THE UNION HALL!! 

JUST RELEASED FROM DEERE: 

MASK REQUIREMENT EFFECTIVE 9 AUGUST 2021 

Based on updated CDC guidance, Deere is reinstating mask requirements at John Deere facilities and temporarily suspending return to office plans for employees who have not already returned. 

As a result of CDC guidance and rapid spread of the Covid Delta variant, all employees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks in John Deere U.S. production facilities, effective 9 August 2021. 

Masks will be required as follows: 

-      In all common areas, except while eating and drinking.  

-      Outside one’s work area. 

-      Within three (3) feet of another person, whether inside or outside one’s work area.  

Conference room capacity will remain at 50% provided all meeting participants wear a mask and practice social distancing. Meetings whose size exceeds 50% meeting room capacity should be rescheduled as a virtual meeting. Outdoor events and meetings may continue as scheduled. 

 

REGULAR MEETING 

The next Regular Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM at the Union Hall.  Agenda includes regular order of business. 

 

( CANCELLED)LABOR DAY PARADE 

Monday, September 6th is the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor’s annual Labor Day Parade for Union members, their families and special guests. Local 450 will again be participating in this event. We will have a Tractor pulling a People Hauler and few John Deere Gators for the Parade. Parade line up starts at the Iowa State Capitol at 8:00 AM; first come, first in line. Parade kicks off at 11:00 AM. We will march from the Iowa State Capitol to the State Fairgrounds, East on Grand Avenue. Park at the Fairgrounds and buses will be available prior to the Parade to bring you to the Capitol.  A Picnic will be held the night before on Sunday, September 5th from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Union Labor Park, 4640 Morningstar Drive in Des Moines for members, their families, and special guests. Come join us and enjoy a Union won day off with your Brothers and Sisters from all the Labor Unions in the area. 

 

MARK YOU CALENDAR ~ STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE 

Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021 

Time: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 

Place: Local 450 Union Hall 

4589 NW 6th Drive, Des Moines, IA 

 ** BRING YOUR 2021 UNION CARD TO VOTE ** 

 Note:  Retirees can attend this meeting but will NOT be able to vote. 

~~~Executive Board & Shop Committee ~~~

RETIREES NOTE 

We are ready to gather again soon!  Masks and social distancing are still recommended for all gatherings.  Mark your calendar……The next Retirees Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Union Hall along with re-electing one (1) Election Committee person.  Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Virus, no Potluck will be held. We want everyone to be safe.  DO NOT BRING FOOD IN.  Smokey D’s will be provided for lunch at 12:00 Noon.  Nominations and Election for Chapter Officers will both be held in SeptemberAlso make note, with the upcoming Contract Negotiations, the October’s Retirees Meeting may be canceled. 

RETIREMENT CONGRATS!! 

May 28: Greg Simonson, Dept 12 

Jun 30:  Bruce Sparks, Dept 08 

Jul 1:     Larry Lodge Jr., Dept 30A 

 

IN MEMORY 

Johnnie Van Eck 

~Hired 01-29-73 ~Retired 01-31-05 ~Deceased 07-03-21 

Alan Newell 

~Hired 12-13-04 ~Deceased 07-10-21 

Dale Creech 

Hired 02-05-73 ~Retired 02-28-05 ~Deceased 07-29-21 

 

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney…… 

Sometimes life hands us some tricky situations. There is a story which is said to be true about a newspaper photographer some years ago out in Los Angeles who was called in by his editor and told of a fire that was raging out in Palos Verdes. That’s a hilly area south of Los Angeles. His assignment was to rush down to a small airport, board a waiting plane, get some pictures of the fire, and be back in time for the afternoon edition. Breathlessly, he raced to the airport and drove his car to the end of the runway. Sure enough, there was a plane waiting with all the engines all revved up, ready to go. He got aboard, and at about five thousand feet, he began getting his camera out of the bag. He told the fellow flying the plane to get him over the fire so he could take his pictures and get back to the paper. From the other side of the cockpit there was a deafening silence. Then he heard these unsettling words: "Aren’t you the instructor?"……………Our lives can be like that where we seem to be going along smoothly and then out of nowhere, something changes, and we realize we are in trouble. At times it appears the situation is hopeless. Someone has said, "Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present." Might I say today that no matter what you may be facing, there is a place of hope. The Bible says, "And I will wait on the Lord,...And I will hope in Him." (Isaiah 8:17) Think about it. 

                    

CONTRACT COUNTDOWN:   

2 months 

 

THANK YOU NOTES 

Family of Patricia Garrison (Funeral) 

Anthony Garrison’s Mother 

Family of Earl Schoolen (Funeral) 

Family of Francesca Bloom (Funeral) 

Matt Copenhaver’s Grandmother 

 

KEEP IN MIND…… 

Everyone must have their valid 2021 union card to be eligible to vote on Strike Authorization and to be able to come into a Ratification Meeting as well.  If you do not have your card, contact the Union Hall so we can get you a new one made. Retirees can attend the meetings but will NOT be able to vote. 

 

VACATION SHUTDOWN ANNOUNCEMENT 

by Factory Manager… 

The John Deere Des Moines Works (JDDMW) will have its second vacation shutdown in 2021 due to this year’s business conditions: 

25 Oct- 29 Oct for All Factory Departments 

(Unless notified by Supervisor that you are required to work) 

If employees are eligible for vacation, they take vacation unless directed by their respective Team Leader.  If any employees lack sufficient vacation to cover the vacation shutdown, via exhaustion of vacation or ineligibility due to length of employment, they will be placed on inventory adjustment unless scheduled to work in their respective department/overtime group.  For questions, please contact the Labor Relations Department. 

 

FREE LOADERS 

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 

Gilbert Decena D/40A 

Logan Klein D/30A 

Mark Eddy Jr. D/38 

Korben Lewis D/30A 

Thomas Francis D/40A 

Charles Runyon D/30W 

Garth Freimark D/54 

 

Devon Greer D/43 

Dropped Out of Union: 

Gary Hockey D/17 

Stephanie Anderson D/40A 

William Irvine D/30W 

Ted Brown D/17 

Ryan Kellerhals D/40A 

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23 

Travis Lehman D/38 

Toi Cam D/23 

Mark Leisure D/23 

Douglas Clouse D/42 

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A 

Christopher Conrad D/38 

Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A 

Michael Cook D/30A 

Tam Pham D/05Q 

Joseph Cortez D/54 

Aaron Rist D/30A 

Jesse Cowling D/40A 

Jeffrey Robbins D/43 

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A 

Chris Sorensen D/05F 

Dylan Danielson D/40A