May 2021

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 Saturday, May 15, 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.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 25th and will cover Exhibits E thru N of the Contract book and Disability, WI, LTD of the Benefits book.


by Factory Manager…

The John Deere Des Moines Works (JDDMW) will have vacation shutdown in 2021 covering two weeks due to this year’s business conditions:

28 Jun–02 Jul, for All Factory Departments

(Unless notified by Supervisor that you are required to work)

25 Oct- 29 Oct for All Factory Departments

(Unless notified by Supervisor that you are required to work)

 If employees are eligible for vacation, they take vacation unless directed by their respective Team Leader.  If any employees lack sufficient vacation to cover the vacation shutdown, via exhaustion of vacation or ineligibility due to length of employment, they will be placed on inventory adjustment unless scheduled to work in their respective department/overtime group.  For questions, please contact the Labor Relations Department.


MAY 9, 2021




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.


Robert Vest

~10-02-72 Hired ~10-03-03 Retired ~03-10-21 Deceased


Jun 30: Steven Blanchard, Dept. 55

Aug 31: Jeffrey Hoffman, Dept. 54


          5 months

 The following portion taken from UAW Local 838’s March Newsletter……

Contract, are your ready?  It is coming in 21 weeks!  Are your prepared to a possible strike?  Talk to your financial institution and find out if they have any policies on strike or work stoppages for your loans.  Do not wait until the last minute to have those conversations!

Do you have your Union Card for this year?  If not, get one ASAP and keep track of it.  You can call the Union Hall for a duplicate one.  This card will be used several times this year to vote and to get information on the Contract Negotiations.  Contract and Benefit Workshops are currently taking place each month at the Union Hall, please attend if possible.

 CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

This story is about a man by the name of Larry Walters, a 33-year-old man who decided he wanted to see his neighborhood from a new perspective. So, he went down to the local army surplus store and bought 45 used weather balloons. That afternoon in 1982, he strapped himself into a lawn chair, to which several of his friends tied the now helium-filled used weather balloons. He took with him, something to drink, a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich, and a BB gun, figuring he could shoot the balloons one at a time when he was ready to land. Walters, who assumed the balloons would lift him about 100 feet in the air, was caught off guard when the chair soared more than 11,000 feet into the sky--smack into the middle of the air traffic pattern at Los Angeles International Airport. He stayed airborne for more than two hours and forced the airport to shut down its runways for much of the afternoon. Soon after he was safely grounded and cited by the police, reporters asked him three questions: "Were you scared? "Yes." "Would you do it again? "No." "Why did you do it?" "Because you can’t just sit there." Have you ever had an idea that sounded good at first but then when you followed through with it, you regretted it later? The answer to avoiding such dilemmas-WISDOM. But how do you get wisdom? "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding..." (Psalm 111:10). 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

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