May 2022

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
 
UPCOMING HOLIDAYS 2022
May 30, Memorial Day
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, May 21, 2022 at the Union Hall.  Agenda includes regular order of business. Vote on the following proposed Bylaws changes:  New ~ Make all language gender neutral; Article X, Section 1, Local Union Officers; Article XI, Sections 2, 3(c), & 9(h), Nominations & Election of Officers & Stewards; Article XII, Section 9, Duties of Officers; Article XIV, Standing Committees; Article XVI, Section 2, Departmental Stewards; and Article XIX, Sections 3, 4, & 11(a), Finances. 
PENSION INFO
Deere members hired before November 1st, 2021, but after October 1st, 1997, will be receiving a packet of information for retirement/pension. This will cover the 2 options available, Choice Plus or Traditional Plus. April 18th - May 13th is the enrollment window. Aon, a third party, will be available to answer questions at the Union Hall on May 4 & 5th, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Members can “opt out” of 401k auto enrollment by going to 401k.com (https://nb.fidelity.com/public/nb/401k/home) or by calling 1-800-835-5087
MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Mental Health Awareness Month: recognizes the impact of mental illness on families and communities and raises awareness for those living with mental and behavioral issues.
If you need help, reach out to:
Unity Point Behavioral Health Urgent Care
(515) 263-2632
At the Plant, reach out to:
Steve Nelson @ 515-975-2537 or Keith Chada @ 515-318-3928
RED SHIRT WEDNESDAY……Supplied by the UAW website
Thousands of Union members wear Red on Wednesday as a sign of solidarity. When a sea of red shirts is seen by management, it’s a way to let them know that the workers stand together.  The modern tradition dates back to 1989 when the Communications Workers of America (CWA) whose members wore red shirts on Thursdays.  Gerry Hogan was a CWA chief steward of Westchester County in New York who died in August of 1989 while on the picket line.  The vehicle that hit him was driven by a scab and the teenage daughter of a manager who was never charged for his death. CWA members began wearing Red shirts to remember Hogan and the sacrifices he made.  He left behind a wife and two daughters.  Wearing red shirts became to have extra meaning during Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s relentless attacks on labor.  Unionists around the country wanted to show solidarity with Wisconsin and donned red shirts once a week.  Today it remains an act of unity – both to one another and the world.  It’s not anti-management; it’s a positive statement of worker’s standing together.
UAW FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, ONAWAY, MI, JUNE 19-24th
For more than 45 years, the Family Education Center has been a place where UAW members and their families come together for an experience that combines education with recreation.  It’s a place to learn about our union, unlock ideas and build new friendships with other UAW families.  This one-week summer experience will leave you and your family filled with a spirit guaranteed to strengthen your understanding and appreciation of our union.  The only expense for most families is their time, as the International Union pays for meals, transportation, and lodging.  For more information and/or if interested in attending, contact the Union Hall.  All applications must be submitted no later than May 26th.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY
MAY 8, 2022
TO ALL LOCAL 450 MOM’S!!
 
WOMEN’S COMMITTEE ANNUAL BAKE SALE
Prior to the Regular Meeting of the Local, the Women’s Committee will have their annual Bake Sale and Breakfast. Items will include cheesecake, pecan pie, cookies, egg rolls, and many other yummy goodies. All proceeds will be going to the Women’s Committee Fund. The women will be designing a new t-shirt.
 RETIREMENT CONGRATS!!
Mar 1:  Jon Davis, Dept 05C
Apr 30: Peter Kelloway II, Dept 40A
  IN MEMORY
Ronald Snyder
~Hired 03-14-05 ~Retired 09-01-16 ~Deceased 12-27-21
David Winders
~Hired 02-19-73 ~Retired 02-28-05 ~Deceased 04-03-22
Fred Pilcher
~Hired 12-06-71 ~Retired 02-28-98 ~Deceased 04-17-22
FREE LOADERS
If you know or work with any of these people, invite them to join our Union:
Never Joined: Dropped Out of Union:
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
Alex Bentley D/30A Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A
Ted Brown D/40A 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 Alex Smith D/40A
Jesse Cowling D/30A Chris Sorensen D/05F
Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A Steven Thompson D/09R
                            
RETIREES NOTE
The next Retirees Luncheon/Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 with fried chicken from Pizza Ranch, mashed potatoes & gravy, and coleslaw 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. 
We’d like to welcome the following new Chapter members: Randall Brandhorst and Lynn Blaser. Please come join us at our meetings.
The $25 door prize winners in April were Hank Van Roekel and Jerry Battani.  Olen Dover and Calvin McDaniel’s names were drawn for the $150 progressive prize, but they were not present.  Next progressive will be $175.
THANK YOU NOTES
Susan Dobyns Family (Funeral)
Keith Chada’s Mother
Charles & Joyce Wilkinson (Funeral)
Animal Lifeline of Iowa (Donation)
Family of David Winders (Funeral)
Karen Thompson Kinkel
For Chris Nelson, Local 270 (Funeral)
CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
"I watched some men tearing a building down, a group of men in my hometown.  With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell, they swung the ball and a side wall fell.  And I said to the foreman, "Are these men skilled, the type you’d hire if you want to build?" And he smiled, then laughed and said, "No indeed, common labor is all I need. For we can tear down in a day or two, what it took a builder years to do."
As I turned, I shook my head, I knew there was truth in what he said. And I thought to myself as I walked away, which of these roles am I going to play?  Am I a builder as I work with care, measuring life by the rule and square? Am I shaping my deeds to a well-laid plan, carefully doing the best I can? Or am I a wrecker as I walk the town, content with the labor of tearing down?"
Most, if not all of us, know how our culture is becoming more and more uncivil in how we treat other people. My wife's grandpa used to say, "If you can't say something nice about someone, then don't say anything at all." I don't like to admit it, but I've been guilty of not following that very wise advice myself. Stop and imagine how different a lot of homes would be if we followed that advice, how different our workplace would be if we followed that advice. The Bible says, "The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."  We have a choice: Do we want to be a builder or a wrecking ball? Think about it.