September Shur Shot

SEPT 2022

JILL SCOTT                                                                                                             TRAVIS DRAKE

EDITOR                                                      UNION HALL                                               PRESIDENT

(515) 283-1784 X4                                     (515) 283-1784                                       (515) 283-1784 X1

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

Sept 5, Labor Day

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, September 17, at the Union Hall. Agenda includes regular order of business and continue discussion with a hand vote of Amalgamation EMCO Local 1672 and Wittern Group (Fawn) Local 270.

 

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 INCENTIVES

For those of you that completed your health and wellness assessment on the United Healthcare Rally website, by August 31, 2022; that is scheduled to pay out the first pay period of December. The next Wellness Incentive will be for September 1, 2022 thru August 31, 2023.  Get a Wellness Exam in that time frame and the payout is estimated to pay out in your first payroll period of December.

 AMALGAMATION Q AND A

1. What is an amalgamation? the action, process, or result of combining or uniting; so, in the case of 450 and locals 1672 and 270, we would all become one amalgamated Union Local 450. 1672 and 270 would become units of Local #450

2. Why do they want to Amalgamate with 450? The locals of 1672 and 270 do not have enough people participating in their local to fill their own boards.

3. How are their finances? Both locals are operating in the green.

4. How would elections work? That would have to be determined after the amalgamation was approved. The amalgamated election would most likely fall in line with our current elections if possible. Most likely each Unit would have an At-Large member that sits the Amalgamated Executive Board.

5. Where will the Dues go? All the Union Dues will go into Local 450 finances. Any money spent out of the funds would have to be motioned for and approved by the amalgamated general membership meeting.

6. Are there any other Amalgamated Units? Yes. Waterloo and Ottumwa are amalgamated.

7. How many members in their current locals? Approximately 94 members for #1672 and 80 members for #270.

8. Do they have their own local buildings? No, they both currently use our building for all of their Union business.

9. How would contracts work? The amalgamated President would be involved in bargaining for all 3 contract negotiations, each unit would have their own contract. Our President is paid by John Deere as our Benefits Representative. The Amalgamated President would be paid lost time for any work done for the other units, by that unit.

10. How does the vote for amalgamation work? We would have a hand vote, of which the decision would be made by a 2/3rds majority of the members present at the special meeting after the regular meeting of Local 450. If Local #450 approved it, it would then go back to Locals #270 and #1672 for their vote.

RETIREES NOTE

The next Retirees Luncheon at 12:00 Noon and Meeting at 1:00 PM will be held on Wednesday, September 14th with a cookout of hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, and dessert provided. 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.  We’d like to welcome new Chapter member Glenn Hutt.  Please come join us at our meetings.The $25 door prize winners in August were Darrell Spaulding and Dennis DeJoode.  Loren Bryant and Fred Bolte’s names were drawn for the $50 progressive prize, but they were not present.  Next progressive will be $75.

IN MEMORY

Herbert Theobald

~Hired 01-10-72 ~Retired 05-31-02 ~Deceased 06-12-22

Virgil Dawson
~Hired 11-24-47 ~Retired 11-30-77 ~Deceased 07-22-22

 

THANK YOU NOTES

Darrell & Cindy Shook (Retirees Party)

Family of Erwin Aswegan (Funeral)

Craig Sloss (Hospital)

Family of Axel Martin (Fundraiser)

          Lance Elmquist’s Grandson

 RETIREMENT CONGRATS!!

Aug 19: Glenn Hutt D/31

 

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.)

 CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

I would like to pass on a story Diana Nagel found. One evening my mother made supper after a hard day at work. She put a plate of eggs, salad and burnt toast in front of my father. I immediately noticed the burnt toast and was waiting to see if he was going to complain about it, but my father began to eat them, smiled, and asked how my day was at school. My mother apologized to my dad for the burnt toast. I will never forget his response to her, “Honey, I love burnt toast.” Later, when I went to bed, and my father came in to kiss me good night, I asked him if he really liked the burnt toast? He hugged me and said, “Your mother has had a difficult day and she is really tired. She went out of her way to prepare this meal for us. Why blame her and hurt her. Burnt toast never hurt anyone, but words can be very painful.” It’s important that we know how to appreciate what others do for us, even if it’s not perfect, because it’s the intention to do well that counts and nobody is perfect. Someone once said, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” The Bible puts it even more strongly when it says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10). What a different world it would be if everyone strived to live out those words. May it start with me. 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

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

Dylan Danielson D/40A