November 2020


The Executive Board and Shop Committee would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!



Nov 26-27, Thanksgiving

Dec 24 thru Jan 1, 2021, Holiday Shutdown, Return to work Jan 4th

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, 50% capacity, and your decision whether to wear a mask or not.  Be safe everyone!

Important Benefits Information!

  • Reminder to all Active Members: Mayo Clinics and Broadlawns Hospitals are NOT in-network providers for anything EXCEPT mental health.


  • SHINGLE SHOT:  Shingles vaccines are immunizations and covered at the preventive level medical benefit, 100% when received at a UHC participating pharmacy or from a member’s in-network provider.  They are not run through the Rx benefit.  The newest shingles vaccine, “Shingrix” and recommended for individuals 50 and over and is administered in a series of two injections.  “Zostavax” is the older immunization, was a single injection recommended at age 60.  I am not sure whether pharmacies or providers currently carry this vaccine.



UAW Local 450 is honoring Veterans on Saturday, November 14th starting at Noon to 2:00 PM at the Union Hall, 4589 NW 6th Drive in Des Moines. The Vets Committee will be serving lunch for all Veterans and their families; Wage, Salaried, Active or Retired.  Family and friends are all welcome.  If you know a Veteran or the family of a Veteran, please bring them along.

We will have a Chair for you!!!

The Local will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, with chips and some side salads; refreshments will also be provided.  Anyone that wants to help, the Vets Committee will be there at 10:30 AM.



Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020; Time: 8:00 AM

Place: UAW Local 450 Union Hall; Agenda: Regular order of business.



The next Regular Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9:00 AM at the Union Hall.  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, and 4:00 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, November 24th and will cover Article XII of the Contract book.  Deere Employees Credit Union will also be present to go over budget and benefits provided should we go on strike next year.


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


CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

A truck driver was hauling a load of 500 penguins to the zoo. Unfortunately, his truck broke down. He eventually waved down another truck and offered the driver $500 to take the penguins to the zoo. The next day the first truck driver got his truck fixed and drove into town and couldn’t believe his eyes! Just ahead of him he saw the second truck driver crossing the road with the 500 penguins waddling single file behind him. He jumped out of his truck, ran up to the guy and said, “What’s going on? I gave you $500 to take these penguins to the zoo!” To which the man responded, “I did take them to the zoo. But I had enough money left over so now we’re going to the movies.” This is a silly story, but it illustrates an important point. The point is this: this driver had forgot what his purpose was and far too often we forget what our purpose in life is supposed to be. The Bible says that the two greatest commandments out of all of them is, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’" Simple commandments to say, very difficult to practice. But when you look at all that is happening around us, imagine what a difference it would make if we all at least gave it a try.  Think about it.



Cradling New Life (Donation)

Newton Dollars for Scholars (Donation)

          Memory of Ruth Rose

          (Todd Rose’s Mother)


          11 months

James Murphy
~Hired 01-17-63 ~Retired 09-30-01 ~Deceased 10-12-20


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

Mark Eddy Jr. D/38

Logan Klein D/40A

Thomas Francis D/40C

Charles Runyon D/43

Garth Freimark D/54


Devon Greer D/43

Dropped Out of Union:

Gary Hockey D/17

Stephanie Anderson D/40A

William Irvine D/30W

Ted Brown D/17

Ryan Kellerhals D/40A

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23

Travis Lehman D/38

Toi Cam D/23

Mark Leisure D/23

Douglas Clouse D/42

Tracy Marshall D/40A

Christopher Conrad D/38

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Michael Cook D/40A

Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A

Joseph Cortez D/54

Tam Pham D/40C

Jesse Cowling D/40A

Aaron Rist D/30A

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A

Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Dylan Danielson D/40A

Steven Ryun D/40A

Gilbert Decena D/40A

Chris Sorensen D/05F




Local 450’s Trustees will accept bids from Local 450 members for the janitor duties at the Union Hall which includes weekly cleaning of the restrooms, kitchen area, offices and Hall.  Bids must be made for the entire year of 2021, paid monthly (which includes withholding taxes, because taxes will be withheld, and you will receive a W-2 at the end of the year.  If it’s a business, we will need your Tax ID number and you will receive a Form 1099). Your bid must be submitted to the Union Hall no later than 4:00 PM, Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  The successful bidder will be notified at a later date.  For a more detailed list of duties, call (515) 283-1784 or stop by the Union Hall.