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


Detroit -- The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) voted on December 5 to merge the states represented by UAW Region 5 between UAW Regions 4 and 8. This merger will be effective February 28, 2020.

DETROIT - The UAW International Executive Board met Thursday and named Acting President Rory Gamble to fill the vacancy of President until the June 2022 Convention.

Detroit – The National UAW-FCA Council convened today and voted to send the proposed hourly and salary Tentative Agreements with FCA for a ratification vote of UAW members.


TUES, NOV 11, 2019 

Thank a Vet! 


Nov 28-29, Thanksgiving 

Dec 23-Jan 1, Christmas Shutdown 

(Return to work Jan 2, 2020) 

Detroit – The UAW announced today that hourly workers, both production and skilled trades, have reached a proposed tentative agreement with FCA US LLC.

Greetings: Since our Brothers and Sisters at Ford ratified their National Agreement, your National Negotiating Team has intensified our discussions with FCA. While we have had a few outside distractions since then, your negotiators have remained focused on resolving all your outstanding demands.

“The UAW is focused on continuing to implement ethics reforms and greater financial controls to make sure the misconduct which has been uncovered will never happen again. Mr. Iacobelli worked for both FCA and General Motors, and he is currently in prison for his crimes, which include the misuse of Joint Program funds.

Detroit, MI—United Auto Workers (UAW) Acting President Rory Gamble has announced the initiation of widespread ethics reforms. These reforms make clear the UAW is committed to establishing the right mechanisms and safeguards to protect the union from corruption and misfeasance.
Remembering and honoring our Veterans Today, on Veterans Day, across the nation we honor the proud individuals who served our country. We remember the men and women, and their families, who have made the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, and those who gave of their time and commitment during peacetime. The willingness of America’s veterans to serve our country earns them our lasting, dedicated gratitude.
So far, members of UAW Local 900 (Michigan ISA, Michigan Assembly), UAW Local 898 (Rawsonville), UAW Local 3036(Memphis HVC) , UAW Local 3519 (Washington HVC) and UAW Local 2280 (Van Dyke) have voted in favor of ratifying the Tentative Agreement with Ford.
Brothers and Sisters, This will be the first of many messages to you my Brothers and Sisters. I would like to start this message by saying that I am so humbled to be appointed Acting President of this union by the International Executive Board. And I want to stress how proud I am of you, our membership. I am honored to represent some of the hardest working, creative and caring workforces in this nation.