February 2023

Nominations will be taken at the February 18, 2023 Regular Union Meeting for three (3) Election Committee members.
The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at the Union Hall. Agenda for General meeting will include nominations for three (3) Election Committee positions. Stewards meeting will include information on Overtime Books.
NOTICE OF ELECTION (Names yet to be drawn/published in next issue)
Date: March 7, 2023 (pending approval by membership)
Run-off (if necessary): March 14, 2023 (pending approval by membership)
Time: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Place: Local 450 Union Hall
Position:  Three (3) Election Committee members
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 2023.  The Trustees reserve the right to reject any or all bids.  Bids must be submitted by 3:00 PM, March 14, 2023 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.)
Deere has issued a new Covid Policy. If you have symptoms and call medical, they will require you to get tested that day. If the test comes back positive, your absence will be approved. If the test is negative, the absence will not be excused. This means that the only way to have your absence approved in the case of a negative test is to see your doctor and go out on WI for at least 8 days. The 8th day of illness will start WI pay and excuse the absence.
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.
James Kingery
Financial Secretary 
The next Retirees Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 8th at 12:00 Noon with the menu of Fried Chicken from Pizza Ranch, Mashed Potatoes, and Coleslaw; Meeting at 1:00 PM. With 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.
Nominations will be taken for three (3) Election Committee positions on our Retirees Chapter.  The $25.00 door prize winners in January were Jerry Battani and Donald Ehm.  Steve DeFrance and Leslie Creech’s names were drawn for the $175.00 progressive prize, but they were not present.
Denny Williams
~Hired 03-07-72 ~Retired 03-31-02 ~ Deceased 12-28-22
Mark “Butch Alexander
~Hired 07-29-74 ~Retired 07-31-10 ~ Deceased 01-05-23
Robert Boatman
~Hired 10-26-48 ~Retired 01-31-85 ~ Deceased 01-18-23
Family of Linda Himrich (Funeral)
Family of Denny Williams (Funeral)
UAW members at Locals 180 and 807 who work for CNHI have ratified a new contract, ending a strike that began on May 2, 2022. The agreement, which was voted on as an improved last, best, and final offer, provides wage increases, shift premium increases, classification upgrades as well as other improvements. “UAW members at Locals 180 and 807 did the hard work to strengthen the hand of negotiators,” says UAW President Ray Curry.  “This agreement reflects the effort of a determined bargaining team and members being on an almost nine-month strike. “Vice President Chuck Browning, Director of the Agricultural Implement Department adds: “Our negotiators tenaciously bargained to the very end, even fighting for contract improvements in the face of threats from CNHI to hire permanent strike replacements. Combined with the incredible support from our members, it’s remarkable what had to be endured to achieve this contract.  “We sincerely thank the membership and their families of Locals 180 and 807, surrounding communities, and all Local Unions who dedicated support during this struggle,” states UAW Region 4 Director Brandon Campbell.  “That continued support helped the bargaining team persist, even in the face of the employer’s threats.”
CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
A traveler, between flights at an airport, went to a lounge and bought a small package of cookies. Then she sat down and began reading a newspaper. Gradually, she became aware of a rustling noise. From behind her paper, she was flabbergasted to see a neatly dressed man helping himself to her cookies. Not wanting to make a scene, she leaned over and took a cookie herself. A minute or two passed, and then came more rustling. He was helping himself to another cookie! By this time, they had come to the end of the package, but she was so angry she didn’t dare allow herself to say anything. Then, as if to add insult to injury, the man broke the remaining cookie in two, pushed half across to her, and ate the other half and left. Still fuming sometime later when her flight was announced, the woman opened her handbag to get her ticket. To her shock and embarrassment, there she found her pack of unopened cookies! I think we can all see ourselves in this story. We jump to conclusions because we can’t see the whole situation. I look forward to the day when we will see things as they really are. The Bible says, “"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely" (1 Corinthians 13:12). The Apostle Paul is speaking about Heaven. Sounds too good to be true, but is it? 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

Gilbert Decena D/05S

Hyves Irumva D/40A

Thomas Francis D/40C

Logan Klein D/17

Tonja Galvan D/05C

Andres Ramos D/40P

Erick Gomez D/30A


Lori Greenwood D/40P

Javier Santana D/30P

Devon Greer D/43


William Irvine D/30W

Rehired but Didn’t Rejoin:

Ryan Kellerhals D/40A

Charles Runyon D/30W

Renee Koehlmoos D/30A


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

Tam Pham D/05Q

Ted Brown D/12

Leonard Poels D/95

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23

Aaron Rist D/30A

Toi Cam D/23

Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Christopher Conrad D/38

Alexander Smith D/40A

Michael Cook D/30A

Christopher Sorensen D/05F

Jesse Cowling D/20A

Stephen Sweerin D/90

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A

Steven Thompson D/09R

Dylan Danielson D/40A

Donald Townsend D/43