October 2022

OCT 2022
JILL SCOTT                 TRAVIS DRAKE
EDITOR                      UNION HALL PRESIDENT
(515) 283-1784 X4    (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

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS 2022
Nov 11, Veterans Day
Nov 24-25, Thanksgiving
Dec 23-Jan 2, Christmas Shutdown (return to work Tues, Jan 3)

** NOW, MORE THAN EVER, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR ADDRESS & PHONE NUMBER UPDATED AT THE UNION HALL!! **
STEWARDS & REGULAR MEETING
The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 15, at the Union Hall. Agenda includes regular order of business.

PROFIT SHARING
The dates that will be used for your Profit Sharing calculation will be 19 Sept thru 16 Oct 2022 (which is for week ending: 25 Sept, 02 Oct, 09 Oct, and 16 Oct 2022).

VACATION SHUTDOWN ANNOUNCEMENT, Oct 23-30, 2022
(*Unless notified by supervisor that you are required to work*)
Vacation Shutdown will begin 3rd shift Sunday, 23 October 2022 and production will resume on 3rd shift Sunday, 30 October 2022.

WELLNESS INCENTIVE
2023 Wellness Incentive offered is a preventative care exam that needs to be completed between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2023 to earn a $125 pre-tax wellness incentive. There is no co-pay for a preventative care exam. This incentive will not be paid out until December 2023.

SICK DAYS
For current employees, the 2 sick days you get will load on November 1, 2022, and each subsequent year thereafter for the length of this agreement.

TRUNK OR TREAT
This kid friendly event is sponsored by the Women’s Committee will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 4:00-6:00 PM in the parking lot of the Union Hall. There will be decorated trunks for kids to walk by and get candy from. Any member who would like to decorate a trunk is more than welcome. Please call the Hall or let the Women’s Committee know. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs to offset all that sugar and the Women’s Committee will be accepting clothing donations and non-perishable food items for the homeless.

SNOW REMOVAL BIDS
Local 450’s Trustees will accept bids from Local 450 members for removing snow from our parking lot and sidewalks. Bids must be made for each occurrence (not per hour). Your bid must be submitted to the Union Hall no later than 4:00 PM, Tuesday, October 11th, 2022. Pick up a bid form at the Committeeman’s Office at the plant or stop by the Union Hall. The successful bidder will be notified at a later date. (Note, 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.)

RETIREES NOTE

The next Retirees Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 12th at 12:00 Noon with Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Coleslaw provided; Meeting at 1:00 PM. With 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 September were Gloria Wilkening and Delmar Nelson. Jerry Greenwell Jr. and Merrill King’s names were drawn for the $75 progressive prize, but they were not present. Next progressive will be $100.

LUMP SUM PAYMENT FOR “RETIREES”
Section 8, Paragraph (A): A lump sum payment will be made to employees who retired under the Plan on or before 30 September 2021 on the basis of $25.00 per year of service credit with a minimum payment of $250.00 and a maximum payment of $750.00 on each of the following dates: 1 December 2021, 1 October 2022, 1 October 2023, 1 October 2024, 1 October 2025, and 1 October 2026.
Paragraph (B): A lump sum payment will be made to the surviving spouse of an employee who died prior to 1 October 2021 and who is receiving a survivor’s pension on the date of the lump sum payment or the surviving spouse of an employee who retired under Article III, Sections 1, 2, or 3 of the John Deere Pension Plan for Wage Employees prior to 1 October 2021 and who is receiving a survivor’s pension on the date of the lump sum payment equal to 55 percent of the lump sum payment set forth in Paragraph (A) above that such retired employee would have been entitled to receive.
IN MEMORY
Everett Van Pelt
~Hired 12-18-57 ~Retired 08-31-87 ~Deceased 08-23-22

FALL REMINDER
Daylight Saving Time ends November 6th. Reminder to turn your clocks BACK one hour.

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……
Bob heard a rumor that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all walked on water on their 21st birthdays. So, on his 21st birth-day, Bob and his good friend Brian headed out to the lake. "If they did it, I can too!" he insisted. When Bob and Brian arrived at the lake, they rented a boat and began paddling. When they got to the middle of the lake, Bob stepped off the side of the boat... and nearly drowned. Furious and embarrassed, he and Brian headed for home. When Bob arrived back at the family farm, he asked his grandmother for an explanation. "Grandma, why can’t I walk on water like my father, and his father, and his father before him?" The feeble old grandmother took Bob by the hands, looked into his eyes, and explained, "That’s because you were born in July, dear. Your father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all born in January." Have you ever heard the expression “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” It’s amazing how some stories change when you get all the facts. We live in a day when people find it easy to play fast and loose with the truth. The next time you have a big decision to make, don't be afraid to ask for the advice from someone you trust and has proven in the past to be reliable and get all the facts. The Bible says, “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) Better to be safe than sorry. Think about it.

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

Dylan Danielson D/40A

Hyves Irumva D/09R

Gilbert Decena D/40A

Logan Klein D/17

Thomas Francis D/40C

Benjamin Rebik D/40T

Tonja Galvan D/05C

Andres Ramos D/09R

Lori Greenwood D/40P

Joshua Ross D/74

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

Travis Lehman D/38

 

Tracy Marshall D/30A

Dropped Out of Union:

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Stephanie Anderson D/40A

Tam Pham D/05Q

Alex Bentley D/30A

Leonard Poels D/95

Ted Brown D/20A

Aaron Rist D/30A

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23

Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Toi Cam D/23

Alexander Smith D/40A

Christopher Conrad D/38

Christopher Sorensen D/05F

Michael Cook D/30A

Stephen Sweerin D/90

Jesse Cowling D/20A

Steven Thompson D/09R

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A

Donald Townsend D/43