2018 April Shur Shot


May 28 ~ Memorial Day

Jul 4 ~ Independence Day

Sept 3 ~ Labor Day

Nov 22-23 ~ Thanksgiving

Dec 24 thru Jan 1, 2019 ~ Christmas Holiday Break (return to work Jan 2, 2019)




The next Regular Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Union Hall.  Agenda includes regular order of business.  The 5/$15.00 Mills Fleet Farm Gift Card winners in March were: Keith Chada, Jon Vaughan, Andrew Thomas, John Fulmer, Emir Pujagic, and Ray Casper.



Date:              Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Time:             6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

*Place:           John Deere Plant “Media Center”

Positions: Three (3) delegates to the 37th Constitutional Convention and one (1) Shop Committeeman vacancy.


*NOTE:  Only UAW employees of the Des Moines Works that have active access badges will be allowed to vote at the factory on Tuesday, April 3.  Voting will be allowed before the start of an employee’s shift, at break time, at lunch time, or after the end of an employee’s shift.  All others will need to vote at the Union Hall on Wednesday, April 4.


Date:              Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Time:             6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Place:             Local 450 Union Hall

                        4589 NW 6th Drive in Des Moines, IA

Run-off (if necessary) Union Hall only:  Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Time: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

All active and retired members in good standing are eligible to vote.  Retirees cannot vote for the Shop Committeeman position.



37th Constitutional Convention              Shop Committteeman

(Vote for up to 3)                                          (Vote for 1)


Justin Limke                                                 Casey Presnall

JD Neal                                                          James Rainey

Dave McCuddin                                           Bob Dull

Richie Tague                                                  Jammie Carroll

Mike Hebel                                                    Matt Wadle

Jessie “Diesel” Johnson                               Keith Chada

                                                                        Joseph Nizzi


UAW Local 450

Election Committee


Our next Retirees Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Union Hall with Potluck at 12:00 Noon.

The 2/$10.00 door prize winners in March were Bill Hall and Tim Armstrong.  Bill Luther and Steve Smith’s names were drawn for the $30.00 progressive door prize, but they were not present.




(Formally known as “Jerry’s” Coffee)

Date:   Thursday, April 26, 2018

Time:  9:00 AM

Place: Local 450 Union Hall

            4589 NW 6th Drive in Des Moines, IA

Contact: Jerry McCullough (515) 967-6342





Workers’ Memorial Day is April 28th; a day to remember workers who have lost their lives or have been severely injured in work related accidents.  This is a day that reminds us how important workers health, safety and welfare continue to be, not only here but across the country.



If you know or work with any of these people, invite them to join our Union:


Ted Brown D/17

Tracy Marshall D/40A

Brian Burch D/09R

Gary McKnight Jr. D/40A

Edgar Burke Jr. D/23

Renee Owens-Nichting D/40A

Kyle Caffrey D/30W

Aaron Rist D/30A

Hung Diep D/90

Jeffrey Robbins D/43

Mark Eddy Jr. D/38

Charles Runyon D/74

Charles Faber D/38

Steven Ryun D/40A

Seth Garland D/39

Zackery Sabus D/54

Gary Hockey D/40A

Craig Scrivner D/09R

William Irvine D/30W

Chris Sorensen D/05F

Gabrielle Kent D/09R

Savannah Sorensen D/40P

Travis Lehman D/90

Francisco Tavera D/40T

Mark Leisure D/23

Jordan Wang D/30A

Timothy Mallory D/40P

Tisha Williams D/09R


CHAPLAIN CHAT by Curt Forney……

A wife woke up one morning and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?” “I don’t know, but your birthday is coming soon. Tuesday, you’ll know,” he replied. A few nights later, she again woke up after having a dream, “This time, I dreamed you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?” “You’ll know Tuesday,” he replied. The night before her birthday, she again woke up telling him about her dream, “This time I dreamed that you bought me a diamond necklace. What do you think it means?” “Honey, be patient. You’ll know tonight." he said. That evening, the husband came home with a package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it--to find a book entitled, "The Meaning of Dreams." Unmet expectations can be difficult for us to handle. We have in our minds how we think things ought to be or how situations should turn out. But our preconceived notions can prevent us from seeing what God is really up to. Imagine how the disciples of Jesus must have felt when they saw Him hanging on a cross. This wasn't what they expected. Little did they know that God was up to something better. Next time you face an unmet expectation, remember, God may have something better in mind. Think about it.


Name                          Retired            Deceased

Lee Bingham               09-30-01          03-03-18

Matthew Bachman     (Active)           03-07-18



~ Ronald McDonald House, Minnesota (Donation), Memory of TJ Denham (Travis Denham’s son)

~ St. Mary’s Fire & Rescue Dept. (Donation), Memory of Mary Cunningham (Larry Goodrich’s Mother-in-Law)

~ ~

Dear Dept 30A, Union Brothers & Sisters:

We will always remember with grateful appreciation your kindness to us in our time of loss.  Thank you so much for your support, comforting words, and the generous donations.  Your kindness and thoughtfulness means so much.

The Family of Mike Maddux


Open Letter in Regard to GM: I am not a spokesman for anyone other than myself and the words in this opinion piece are mine and they pertain specifically and solely to me. Since retiring on July 1, 2010, I have avoided speaking to the media. I read with disgust and dismay some newspaper articles pertaining to me yesterday. I do not blame the reporters. They were covering a story based on statements taken from General Motors’ Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment against Fiat Chrysler and others, dated August 3, 2020. I do, however, place the blame squarely on GM for their malicious and utterly baseless attack against me and a supposed “unnamed” member of my family.

“Outside the bubble of Washington, D.C. our families continue to struggle with an economy devastated by this pandemic.

Today in Boston, Mass., a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT challenging Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) new directive on student visas was heard.


TUES, NOV 11, 2019 

Thank a Vet! 


Nov 28-29, Thanksgiving 

Dec 23-Jan 1, Christmas Shutdown 

(Return to work Jan 2, 2020) 

Students say the outsourcing issue cuts to the heart of what the institution’s values are. EVENTS SHOW HOW WE CAN ALL HELP EACH OTHER The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of solidarity is “unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards.” With the UAW, that is always the case, but three recent situations involving UAW members clearly show what the word is in action.
EARTHQUAKES, HURRICANES AND A PANDEMIC HAVE HIT THE ISLAND HARD It’s been a difficult stretch for Puerto Rico in the last couple of years. People there have been hit with hurricanes, earthquakes and now a pandemic. But whatever challenge is thrown at our 5,000 members who work at a variety of public and private entities, they know their UAW family is ready to pitch in.
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Student workers at Harvard University made history today, voting in favor of ratifying their first union contract. The one-year contract agreement with the university will improve pay and benefits for over 4,000 student workers, and guarantee health and safety protections in the midst of a pandemic. The contract strengthens protections for student workers against discrimination and harassment, including racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and includes new provisions aimed at increasing job security for international student workers.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider and UAW President Rory Gamble jointly announce that they had a productive and helpful first meeting to begin negotiations to further the cause of reform in the United Auto Workers union. U.S. Attorney Schneider welcomed the opportunity to sit down with the UAW’s President in order to work together toward improving the union for all its members. President Gamble appreciated the chance to meet with the Department of Justice so as to further his efforts at reforming the organization and to ensure integrity in the union’s leadership.
Brothers and Sisters, When I accepted the office of the presidency, I pledged to keep you updated on all of our reforms and progress on restoring our member’s trust in leadership. As you know, we have instituted a comprehensive reforms agenda and top-to-bottom review of our operations and financial house.
Everyone has a role to play in the battle against COVID-19. Whether they are an academic researcher looking for a drug to fight the deadly virus, an autoworker making a quick pivot to manufacture ventilators and masks or shields, a maintenance worker disinfecting the plant, or a health care worker making sure the sick can receive treatment, UAW members are courageously doing what they can to battle COVID-19. They are the heart and soul of the union. Here are just a few of the stories of UAW members stepping up to the challenge the world finds itself in today:
On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to organized labor in the now famous Janus v. AFSCM case