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)

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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


President Rory L. Gamble: “Owen Bieber’s death is a loss for our union and all working people. He was a man of incredible leadership.

The UAW International Executive Board is deeply saddened at the passing today of UAW beloved President Emeritus Owen F. Bieber at age 90.

Flint Truck and AC Spark Plug Veteran to Lead UAW in 73 MI Counties - FLINT - Michigan Delegates from UAW locals in 73 counties met in Flint today to select a successor to long-time Regional Director Gerald Kariem, who became a UAW Vice President in January.


TUES, NOV 11, 2019 

Thank a Vet! 


Nov 28-29, Thanksgiving 

Dec 23-Jan 1, Christmas Shutdown 

(Return to work Jan 2, 2020) 

“Through collective bargaining UAW members were able to bargain profit-sharing to adequately reflect their role in FCA US’ profitability. UAW FCA members make some of the best-selling quality products in America. Today’s eligible profit sharing amount of $7,280 per member, reflects that hard work, dedication and product success.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the keynote speaker on the final day of the 2020 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference, quoted Walter Reuther as saying, “We can make America the image of what it really stands for.”
The last day of the UAW Community Action Program Conference kicked off with a 7 a.m. Women’s Breakfast that drew about 500 UAW members to hear from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and UAW Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman.

As we head full swing into the 2020 Presidential Election year, let’s take a hard look at how the men and women of the United States labor force have fared under this administration.

On Tuesday, more than 1,000 UAW members from around the country, including Puerto Rico, spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with their members of Congress. The members are attending a four-day UAW Community Action Program conference which focuses on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families.

The work for CAP activists on their visit to House lawmakers on Tuesday will be to lobby them on key UAW priorities, including:

Fighting for good jobs: Since 1978, college tuition has increased by 1,120%, medical costs are up 601%, food has increased by 244%, and shelter is up by 360%. Over the same period, wages for typical workers rose just 10%, wages for minimum wage workers dropped by 5.5%, and the pay of the average CEO skyrocketed by 937%.

The UAW’s 2020 Community Action Program (CAP) Conference opened its second day with a moving video tribute to Black History Month, and the powerful relationship between the civil rights and labor movements.