June 2022

JUN 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
 
JUNE 19, 2022
TO ALL LOCAL 450 DAD’S!!
UPCOMING HOLIDAYS 2022
Jul 4, Independence Day
Sept 5, Labor Day
Nov 24-25, Thanksgiving
STEWARDS & REGULAR MEETING
The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the Union Hall.  Agenda includes regular order of business.
VACATION SHUTDOWN ANNOUNCEMENT, Oct 23-30, 2022
(*Unless notified by supervisor that you are required to work*)
Vacation Shutdown will begin 3rd shift Sunday, 23 October 2022 and production will resume on 3rd shift Sunday, 30 October 2022.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COMPANY AND UAW LOCAL 450
Taken from the 50th Anniversary publication……
In late July 1941, a sale was held on a farm Southwest of Ankeny.  The farm had been purchased by the government for the site of a munitions factory, as the United States were gearing up for war.  The property was a model stock and dairy farm, but it also served as a rural retreat for its owner Fred Fitch, a wealthy Des Moines businessman.  Fitch did not peacefully relinquish his private Eden to the government.  The government offer for the farm was vehemently turned down by Fitch and through much of 1941 and 1942 the case was in the courts.  Even before the government officially owned the property, the dairy herd, horses and livestock were sold.  Eventually, however the house, barns, and other buildings were torn down, and a $30 million defense plant was built on the land.  The war had been over by two years when John Deere acquired the defense plant on October 1, 1947.  On March 12, 1948, United Automobile Workers CIO was selected as the bargaining agent for production and maintenance workers of the John Deere Des Moines Works.  The vote was 201 for the UAW, 80 for the District, 118 for the Machinist Union, and 3 for neither.  The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.  The Charter for the Local 450 was signed February 23, 1948.  By March 7, 1948, remodeling of the Des Moines Ordinance Buildings for the John Deere Des Moines Works was nearing completion and corn pickers were scheduled to begin rolling off the assembly line later in the month.  A.G. Slade, Plant Manager, said some parts now are being produced for pilot models.  There are 520 production employees.  Eventually 3,000 or more are expected to be employed.  Remodeling and construction work is being done by Weitz Company of Des Moines.  On April 2, 1948, the first corn picker rolled off the assembly line.  They are expected to produce 250 machines this month and will continue to step up production until the plant is turning out 30 to 40 corn pickers a day.  In addition, the plant will take over manufacture of cultivators from John Deere Moline Plant in May.  There are now 570 men on payroll with 12 new employees being hired daily.  The number of employees is estimated to reach 700 soon and by October the total will be close to 1,500. 
 IN MEMORY
Robert Pett
~Hired 03-03-73 ~Retired 01-31-94 ~Deceased 03-02-22
Daniel Mason
~Hired 03-19-59 ~Retired 04-30-90 ~Deceased 04-03-22
Roger Santi
~Hired 12-06-71 ~Retired 02-29-04 ~Deceased 05-09-22
Allen Jensen
~Hired 06-03-58 ~Retired 12-31-88 ~Deceased 05-12-22
Dennis Tool
~Hired 01-03-73 ~Retired 12-06-99 ~Deceased 05-18-22
RETIREES NOTE
A motion was made at the April Meeting, the next Retirees Luncheon/Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 with hamburgers, hot dogs, and sides 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.  Please come join us at our meetings.
The $25 door prize winners in May were Scotty Bowman and Jim Monaco.  Don Edwards and John Clement’s names were drawn for the $175 progressive prize, but they were not present.  Next progressive will be $200.
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/17 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
Jordan Bengtson D/30W Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A
Alex Bentley D/30A Tam Pham D/05Q
Ted Brown D/40A 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 Alex Smith D/40A
Michael Cook D/30A Chris Sorensen D/05F
Jesse Cowling D/30A Steven Thompson D/09R
Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A
                                
 RETIREMENT CONGRATS!!
Jun 6: Phillip Flores, Dept 40P
Jun 30: James Brennecke D/17
REMINDER
The Union Hall is YOUR Hall and as a member, you can rent it for certain events: weddings, anniversaries, graduations, birthday parties, baby showers, retirement parties, celebration of life, etc.  Please contact the Hall for more information/pricing (515) 283-1784.
From the desk of the Recording Secretary:
The 75th Anniversary of UAW Local 450 is next year and I am looking for your stories, historical in nature, if possible, aka strikes, lockouts etc.  Please send all correspondence to [email protected].  Not all stories will be able to be used, and I will be concentrating on information from 1998-2023 as we have information compiled from 1948 to 1998.
THANK YOU NOTES
Family of Roger Santi (Funeral)
Forever Home Dog Rescue (Donation)
CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
A woman went with her husband to the doctor’s office. When the checkup was over, the doctor asked the man to wait outside so he could talk to the wife. He had a very somber look on his face and asked her to sit down. “Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don’t do what I ask, he is not going to make it. Here’s what I want you to do. Get up early each morning and fix him a healthy breakfast. Make him a nutritious lunch and prepare a really special dinner every night. Be pleasant at all times. Don’t burden him with chores or discuss your problems with him. You will need to do almost all the work around the house. And you can’t nag him about anything. If you can do this for a year, your husband will completely regain his health.” As they were driving home, the husband turned to his wife and asked, “What did the doctor say?” To which she replied, “He said you’re going to have a very difficult year!” She had the information she needed to make the situation better, but she didn't want to do the work required for a better outcome.
Many dreams are lost because the work required to see them realized doesn't seem worth it. Work is not a bad word. But whatever work we do, we should always do it the best we can. The Bible says, " Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might," (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Our success in life will not necessarily be determined by what particular job we had but how well did we do it. T