September 2021



Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021 

Time: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM 

Place: Local 450 Union Hall 

4589 NW 6th Drive, Des Moines, IA 


Note:  Retirees can attend this meeting but will NOT be able to vote. 

This vote is vital to our bargaining power, a massive “yes” vote lets the Company know we are together and willing to strike if needed.  By voting “yes” it puts the Company in a position to bargain in good faith to prevent a work stoppage.  A “yes” vote does not mean we are striking, it simply means the membership has granted the Bargaining Team and the International Union the authority to call for a strike if bargaining isn’t going well. 

Executive Board & Shop Committee  



The next Stewards Meeting will be held at 8:00 AM and the Regular Meeting at 9:00 AM on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Union Hall.  Agenda includes regular order of business. 



In the event the Union and Company fail to reach an agreement by midnight, September 30, 2021, picket duty assignments will be posted at the Union Hall on September 17, 2021 starting with 3rd shift employees, then to members by zip code order, alphabetically.  The first day of picket duty assignments will be mailed out to just those members scheduled on day one.  You must participate in a strike activity assigned to you by the Local Union to be entitled to strike benefits.  BE SURE YOU CHECK THE BULLETIN BOARDS AT THE UNION HALL FREQUENTLY to find your date and time for picket duty!! 



The following taken from a past article of Local 94 News…… 

Many of our members have been down this road before and know how the system works; there will be nothing new this time.  There will be a total negotiations news blackout observed by both Deere & Company and the UAW.  Negotiations are a series of changes that occur on an almost daily basis.  For this reason, we will not be sharing any information with our fellow officers or our membership until we have a solid package to present for a vote. There will be no reports given to any of the media by either side because what takes place during negotiations affects our members, their families and our retirees, and is none of the public’s business.  When there is something to report, you will be the first to know.  There will be the usual rumors that are always started by someone who enjoys doing that.  When you hear the rumors, please remember what you’re hearing here, a total blackout until there is something to be voted on.  The rumors are nothing more than that. 



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 12, 2021. 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.) 



Come join us for the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2:30 PM at the Union Hall during the Iowa vs. Iowa State Football Game.  Hot dogs, soda and water provided.  Games and prizes for best chili’s. 



It was so good to see everyone last month after being postponed since March 2020 due to the Pandemic. 

Nominations were held for Chapter Officers and all positions were filled and declared winners by acclamation.  Your Local 450 continuing Chapter Officers are:  Steve Goodner, Chairman; Charles Lamb, Vice Chairman; Don Apland, Financial Secretary; Howard Elscott, Recording Secretary; Jim Wittick, Sgt-at-Arms; and Steve Goodner as delegate to the Retired Workers Council.  We have yet to nominate and elect for the open position of Retirees Chaplain if anyone is interested. 

The $25 door prize winners in August were Dave Nelson and Jeanettie Hill.  Lawrence Veasman and Robert Clabaugh’s names were drawn for the $40 progressive door prize, but they were not present. 

The next Retirees Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 82021, 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.  Pizza will be provided for lunch at 12:00 Noon. Masks and social distancing are still recommended for all gatherings.  Also make note, with the upcoming Contract Negotiations, the October’s Retirees Meeting may be canceled. 

CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney…… 

A priest and a rabbi from local parishes were standing by the side of the road holding up signs. The rabbi’s read, "The End is Near!" The priest, on the other side of the road, held up a sign which read, "Turn before it’s too late!" They planned to hold up their signs to each passing car. "Get a job." The first driver yelled. The second, immediately behind the first, yelled, "Leave us alone you religious freaks"! Shortly, from around the curve, they heard screeching tires and a splash followed by more screeching tires and another splash. The rabbi looked over at his companion and said, "Do you think we should try a different sign"? The priest responded, "Perhaps a sign saying ’Bridge Out’ might be better"? People today seem to have a lot of doubts-who or what can we trust today? Someone once said, "Society is built upon trust and trust is built upon confidence in one another's integrity." Integrity is something that seems to be in short supply these days. So, who or what do you listen to and who or what do you believe to find peace of mind? The Bible hits it on the head when it says, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 Revised Standard Version) Think about it. 



UAW Local 450 Members, 

Thank you so much for all you have done for us, the presentation of the Bible, a monetary collection, many kind words and messages, and the many people who attended Alan’s visitation. It is all greatly appreciated. 

The Family of Alan Newell 


Guadulupe Garza 

~Hired 01-03-72 ~Retired 02-28-93 ~Deceased 08-18-21 



Everyone must have their valid 2021 union card to be eligible to vote on Strike Authorization and to be able to come into a Ratification Meeting as well.  If you do not have your card, contact the Union Hall so we can get you a new one made. Retirees can attend the meetings but will NOT be able to vote.                                



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NOTE In the event of a strike, employees listed below are NOT eligible for strike pay and benefits because they are NON-MEMBERS. 



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 

Logan Klein D/30A 

Gilbert Decena D/40A 

Korben Lewis D/30A 

Mark Eddy Jr. D/38 

Charles Runyon D/30W 

Thomas Francis D/40A 


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 

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A 

Christopher Conrad D/38 

Jasmin Nuhanovic D/40A 

Michael Cook D/30A 

Tam Pham D/05Q 

Joseph Cortez D/54 

Aaron Rist D/30A 

Jesse Cowling D/40A 

Jeffrey Robbins D/43 

Edward Curry, Jr. D/40A 

Chris Sorensen D/05F