March 2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!



Apr 2, Good Friday

May 31, Memorial Day

Jul 5, Independence Day

Sept 6, Labor Day

Due to the ongoing outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus and for the safety of our members, employees, and customers, the Union Hall is open but we are still restricted to social distancing guidelines of 6 ft. apart, limited capacity, and masks are required if within 6 ft. for 15 minutes or more.  Be safe everyone!


The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on tentatively Saturday, March 20, 2021 at the Union Hall.  (May change depending upon the Governor’s Covid restriction guidelines).  Agenda includes regular order of business.


The Shop Committee and Executive Board will be holding meetings open to all members.  The meetings will be held at 7:30 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm at the Union Hall.  The purpose of these meetings will be to review and discuss our current agreement and what changes the membership wants to see in the next agreement.  We hope to cover all articles and sections in these meetings before our current agreement ends October 1, 2021.  There will be two meetings this month: Monday, March 8th will cover Articles XVII of the Contract book and Appendix B of the Benefits book; Tuesday, March 23rd will cover Article XVIII (except Section 6) of the Contract book and Appendix B continued of the Benefits book.


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.

 Joseph Nizzi

Financial Secretary-Treasurer


Doubles: Place  Name                                       Score   Prize

             1st       Damon Jordan & Chase Jordan  1255     $ 90.00 (45.00 ea.)

             2nd      Brandi Dutton & Chad Dobson    1250       75.00 (37.50 ea.)

             3rd       Kristen Mendez & Brent Mendez 1236       65.00 (32.50 ea.)

             4th       Shane Murray & Craig Carter     1215        55.00 (27.50 ea.)

Teams:  1st       Steve Manchester, Tim Valadez, 2476       75.00 (37.50 ea.)

                        Blind & Blind

Prizes: $150 Bowling Alley Great Escape Gift Certificate: Shane Murray.

15/$10 Mills Fleet Farm Gift Cards: Chad Dobson (3); Dalton Dobson (5); Brandi Dutton (1); Brent Mendez (3); Kristin Mendez (1); Tim Valadez (2). 15/$10 Casey’s General Store Gift Cards: Paige Arends (2); Craig Carter (1); Chase Jordan (2); Damon Jordan (3); Steve Manchester (2); Shane Murray (2); Beth Scott (2); Tim Valadez (1).

Recreation Committee


Reminder, all Retirees Potluck/Meetings are postponed until further notice due to the ongoing social distancing restrictions of the COVID-19 Virus. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we want everyone to be safe.  Once we gather again, the nominations for Chapter Officers will then be held.


Richard Wren

~Hired 09-23-48 ~Retired 07-31-85 ~Deceased 02-07-21

David Campbell

~Hired 05-20-68 ~Retired 05-31-98 ~Deceased 02-23-21

Gale Currie

~Hired 08-01-94 ~Retired 03-31-14 ~Deceased 02-28-21


Family of Loren “Rex” Burton (Funeral)

Family of William Hall (Funeral)

Family of Richard Wren (Funeral)


Mar 31: Randy Colyn, Dept 01

 CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

A group of friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under an eight-point buck. "Where’s Harry?" he was asked. "Harry twisted his ankle. He’s a couple of miles back up the trail." "You left Harry laying there, and carried the deer back?" "Well," said the hunter, "I figured no one was going to steal Harry." Friends are a precious commodity. Someone once said, "The essence of a perfect friendship is that each friend reveals himself utterly to the other, flings aside his reserves, and shows himself for what he really is." When we go through tough times, it's always good to have someone to lean on. The Bible says, "A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity." (Proverbs 17:17) If you have found a faithful friend, treasure them. As someone else once said, "Friendship is a responsibility not an opportunity." Think about it. 


          7 months


Daylight Saving Time begins March 14th.  Reminder to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour.


Applications are now being taken for a Union Time Study Representative for Local 450. Any active member in good standing currently employed with John Deere Des Moines Works interested in this position should fill out the application (available in the Committeeman’s Office at the Factory or at the Union Hall). Return it to UAW Local 450, 4589 NW 6th Drive, Des Moines, IA 50313 no later than 3:30 P.M. Friday, March 26, 2021. If you choose to fax your application (515) 283-1788), please call to the Hall to make sure that the application has been received successfully. If you don’t call to verify, then we can’t guarantee that it has been received. Email of application can be sent to [email protected]. Please title the email UTS Rep and provide the information on the application.  A time and date will be set up for each applicant to come to the Union Hall and take a written exam.


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

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A

Logan Klein D/40A

Dylan Danielson D/40A

Charles Runyon D/30W

Gilbert Decena D/30A


Mark Eddy Jr. D/38

Probationary Employees:

Thomas Francis D/40C

Isidro Gonzalez D/40A

Garth Freimark D/54

Korben Lewis D/40A

Devon Greer D/43

Megan Linn D/40P

Gary Hockey D/17


William Irvine D/30W

Dropped Out of Union:

Ryan Kellerhals D/40A

Stephanie Anderson D/40A

Travis Lehman D/38

Ted Brown D/17

Mark Leisure D/23

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Toi Cam D/23

Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A

Douglas Clouse D/42

Tam Pham D/40C

Christopher Conrad D/38

Aaron Rist D/30A

Michael Cook D/30A

Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Joseph Cortez D/54

Steven Ryun D/40A

Jesse Cowling D/40A

Chris Sorensen D/05F