July Shur Shot

Listed below is the result of our recent Run-off Election. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the election.
RECORDING SECRETARY = Jessie “Diesel” Johnson

The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at the Union Hall. Agenda includes regular order of business.

NOTICE OF ELECTION ** Bring your union card to vote **
Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Time: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Place: UAW Local 450 Union Hall
4589 NW 6th Drive, Des Moines, IA
Run-Off (if needed): Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
All active and retired members in good standing are eligible to vote.

(Vote for up to 2) Deere Council = Josh Overton
Andrew “Drew” Thomas Drug & Alcohol Comm. = Steve Nelson
Curt Rosener Skilled Trades Committee = Jim Kingery,
Randolph “Scotty” Scott Jeff Gerard, and Dan Lankford
Wyndi Gray
Travis Drake
UAW Local 450
Election Committee

The John Deere Des Moines Works (JDDMW) will have vacation shutdown in 2023:
22 Oct–29 Oct, for All Factory Departments
(Unless notified by Supervisor that you are required to work)
If employees are eligible for vacation, they must utilize their vacation unless directed by their respective Team Leader that they are required to work.
If an employee lacks sufficient vacation to cover the vacation shutdown, via exhaustion of vacation or ineligibility due to length of employment, he or she will be placed on temporary inventory adjustment layoff unless scheduled to work in his or her respective department/overtime group. See Exhibit K, Section 4 of the current labor agreement. For questions, please contact the Labor Relations Department.


On behalf of all UAW Local 450, a sincere “Thank you” to the outgoing Officers for your many years of service, sacrifice, and dedication to the Union!

Correction to last month’s article on Costco. Now we’re being told that YOU “DO” HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF COSTCO for both the Optical and Hearing, but not the Pharmacy to be able to get reimbursed from UHC. The maximum allowed coverage is $1,750.00 for a set of hearing aids.
NOTE: The next Retirees Luncheon and Meeting on July 12th is canceled due to the Retirees Christmas Party coming up.
The $25.00 door prize winners in June were Bill Morlan and Delmar Nelson. Dwight Ross and Jimmie Weatherman’s names were drawn for the $300.00 progressive prize, but they were not present.
And reminder, if you’re planning on attending the “Christmas in July” Party on Saturday, July 22nd, send in your reservation slip and payment by July 10th.

Jun 30: Michael Riebhoff, Dept 40P

Delbert Deaton
~Hired 02-25-59 ~Retired 06-30-93 ~Deceased 04-30-23
George Stilwell
~Hired 01-16-63 ~Retired 01-31-93 ~Deceased 05-26-23
James Garton
~Hired 01-23-63 ~Retired 02-24-93 ~Deceased 05-29-23
Bruce Wolfe
~Hired 04-29-74 ~Retired 10-31-09 ~Deceased 06-01-23
Robert Baker
~Hired 01-07-63 ~Retired 02-28-94 ~Deceased 06-06-23
Edward Frost
~Hired 01-03-72 ~Retired 01-11-02 ~Deceased 06-13-23

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
In Mitch Albom's book Have a Little Faith, he recounts the following conversation with his elderly rabbi: "When I was growing up in the Bronx," the rabbi said, "everyone knew everyone. Our apartment building was like family. We watched out for one another. I remember once, as a boy, I was so hungry, and there was a fruit and a vegetable truck parked by our building. I tried to bump against it, so an apple would fall into my hands. That way it wouldn't feel like stealing. Suddenly, I heard a voice from above yelling at me in Yiddish, 'Albert, it is forbidden!' I jumped. I thought it was God." “Who was it?” I asked. "A lady who lived upstairs." I laughed. Not quite God. "No. But, Mitch, we were part of each other's lives. If someone was about to slip, someone else could catch him." I am old enough that this story resonates with me. When I was a kid, it seemed like the whole neighborhood was watching out for you. I grew up without a dad in the home, and yet, I can remember so many of my friends’ dads were like “dads” to me. They seemed as concerned about me and my well-being as much as my own parents. It seems back then we had a much greater concern for one another’s welfare. In the story of Cain and Abel in the Bible (Genesis 4), Cain asks a very important question - “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The implied answer is YES. May we always remember this awesome responsibility we have to each other. 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

Tonja Galvan D/05C

Hyves Irumva D/40A

Lori Greenwood D/40P

Logan Klein D/17

Devon Greer D/43

Javier Santana D/30P

William Irvine D/05S


Ryan Kellerhals D/40A

Rehired but Didn’t Rejoin:

Renee Koehlmoos D/30A

Charles Runyon D/30W

Darrell Kruse D/88


Warren Lawry D/05S

Dropped Out of Union:

Travis Lehman D/38

Stephanie Anderson D/40A

Tracy Marshall D/30A

Alex Bentley D/30A

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Ted Brown D/23

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

Alexander Smith D/40A

Jesse Cowling D/20A

Christopher Sorensen D/05F

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A

Stephen Sweerin D/90

Dylan Danielson D/40A

Steven Thompson D/09R

Gilbert Decena D/05S

Donald Townsend D/43

Thomas Francis D/40C