March 2022

 
 
MAR 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
  
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
MARCH 17TH
UPCOMING HOLIDAYS 2021
Apr 15, Good Friday
May 30, Memorial Day
Jul 4, Independence Day
Sept 5, Labor Day
STEWARDS & REGULAR MEETING
The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Union Hall.  Agenda includes regular order of business and nominations will be taken for delegates to the 38th Constitutional Convention.
 IMPORTANT REMINDER 
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
BOWLING TOURNAMENT WINNERS
Doubles: Place Name Score Prize
1st Chase Jordan & Kole Jordan 1400 $ 70.00 (35.00 ea.)
2nd Cody Nguyen & Paul Norris 1362    60.00 (30.00 ea.)
3rd Jordan Gillaspy & Curtis Gillaspy 1347    50.00 (25.00 ea.)
4th Ciley Nguyen & Allison Blessinglight 1289       40.00 (20.00 ea.)
5th Steve Manchester & Duane Tyler 1230    30.00 (15.00 ea.)
Teams:  1st Maddy Gillaspy, Brandon Gillaspy,
(Killer G’s) Jordan Gillaspy & Curtis Gillaspy   2776 200.00 (50.00 ea.)
Prizes: $150 Bowling Alley Great Escape Gift Certificate: Damon Jordan.
Mills Fleet Farm Gift Cards:  Chad Dobson, Steve Manchester, Chase Jordan, Kole Jordan, AJ Arends, Paige Arends, Dalton Dobson, Jordan Gillaspy, Curtis Gillaspy, Brandon Gillaspy.  
Casey’s General Store Gift Cards:  Brandon Gillaspy, Curtis Gillaspy, Madeline Gillaspy, Jordan Gillaspy, Allison Blessinglight, Ciley Nguyen, Damon Jordan, Beth Scott, Chase Jordan, Duane Tyler, Tyler Carter.
Recreation Committee
The following taken from UAW Local 838’s Newsletter……
BENEFIT ELECTION PERIOD (FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS ONLY)
The Benefit Election Period dates are April 18th – May 13th.  It’s important to take the time to look over your retirement benefit options and decide on what plan you will go with during this election period.  Once you pick a plan, keep in mind you cannot switch plans after the election period is done.  So, it’s critical to do your homework and understand both plans so you make a good determination of what path fits your retirement portfolio the best.  Going to UAW.org/jd2021/ is a good tool to calculate both plans and to show value on which plan to go with.  I would also take the time to contact a financial advisor for them to look over your future retirement options and ask for advice as well.  We work our whole lives for a long healthy retirement, please take the time to understand both plans available.  Stay tuned. There will be more direction in future articles to come pertaining to this election period.
 
U.A.W. LOCAL 450
4589 NW 6th DRIVE
DES MOINES, IA 50313-2213
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
(Dated Material)
SPRING AHEAD
Daylight Saving Time begins March 13th.  Reminder to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour.
RETIREES NOTE
The next Retirees Luncheon/Meeting will be held on March 9, 2022 with Casey’s Pizza 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. 
The $25 door prize winners in February were Jerry Harmon and Howard Elscott. Don Embrey and Richard Wiseman’s names were drawn for the $100 progressive prize, but they were not present.  Next progressive will be $125.
  IN MEMORY
Jerry White
~Hired 04-27-64 ~Retired 06-30-90 ~Deceased 12-25-21
Jack Prunty
~Hired 01-16-63 ~Retired 01-19-93 ~Deceased 01-04-22
Donald Finnell
~Hired 01-03-72 ~Retired 08-31-04 ~Deceased 01-16-22
Ernie Wilkening
~Hired 03-30-59 ~Retired 03-31-97 ~Deceased 01-27-22
Robert Burnham
~Hired 01-09-59 ~Retired 01-31-89 ~Deceased 02-06-22
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 Thomas Francis D/40C
Logan Klein D/30A Tonja Galvan D/40P
Benjamin Rebik D/09R Devon Greer D/43
Javier Santana D/40P Gary Hockey D/22
William Irvine D/30W
Rehired but Didn’t Rejoin: Ryan Kellerhals D/40A
Charles Runyon D/30W Renee Koehlmoos D/40P
Darrell Kruse D/88
Dropped Out of Union: Travis Lehman D/38
Stephanie Anderson D/40A Tracy Marshall D/30A
Ted Brown D/40A Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A
Edgar Burke Jr. D/23 Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A
Toi Cam D/23 Tam Pham D/05Q
Douglas Clouse D/42 Leonard Poels D/95
Christopher Conrad D/38 Aaron Rist D/30A
Michael Cook D/30A Jeffrey Robbins D/43
Jesse Cowling D/40A Alex Smith D/40A
Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A Chris Sorensen D/05F
Dylan Danielson D/40A Steven Thompson D/09R
Gilbert Decena D/40A
                                
THANK YOU NOTES
Family of Robert Michaels
Family of Ernie Wilkening
Family of Robert Burnham
Family of Elaine Cory (Rick’s Mother)
RETIREMENT CONGRATS!!
Sept 2021 Robert Penton
Oct 2021 Ted Gentosi
Dec 2021 Timothy Whitaker
Jan 2022 Jeffery Burton
Feb 2022 William Sharp
Mar 2022 Randall Brandhorst
CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
Can we ever be completely prepared for all the ups and downs that come our way in life? I heard about a young boy that went off to one of those extremely expensive universities. The bills were coming in monthly to these parents and they were struggling to keep their head above water.  One day his mother received a letter from him that read like this: "Dear Mom: I’m writing to inform you that I have flunked all of my courses. I had an accident and totally wrecked my car, I owe the clothing store in town $2000, and I have been suspended for the next semester because of misconduct. I am coming home, prepare Dad!" His mother wrote a one line letter back to him that just said this: "Dear son: Dad is prepared, prepare yourself." Nobody truly knows the future and what surprises will come our way. I am thankful that there is One who does know the future. W. T. Purkiser said, "Nothing takes God by surprise. He knows the future and can therefore guide us through its trackless ways.” In the Bible, the prophet Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar, “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” (Daniel 2:45). The future can be a little scary, but knowing God has everything under control can go a long way towards having peace of mind. Think about it.