"Great Dane is aware that the USW have been attempting to organize its Brazil, Ind., and Terre Haute, Ind., plants," Vice President of Marketing Brandie Fuller said in a press release. "The company is not anti-union, it is pro-employee -- which is not surprising because the company believes that it employs the best workers in the industry."
Officials said Great Dane supports the right of its employees to think for themselves to decide whether being in a union is in their and their family's best interest.
"Great Dane believes that the facts demonstrate that a union is not needed in its Brazil and Terre Haute facilities," Fuller said. "Great Dane offers its employees competitive pay and benefits, which are among the highest in the industry. Even during what has been the worst economy since the Great Depression, the company has awarded bonuses to its Brazil employees for 26 straight quarters, and provides its employees with both a generous 401(k) match and a fully funded pension."
Fuller added Great Dane's Brazil plant has won the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Safety Award for 2008, 2009 and 2010 and was named Great Dane's Plant of the year in 2011.
"None of this would have been possible without the great workforce the company employs," Fuller said.
During the protest, the USW were distributing information about workers' rights to Great Dane employees as they left and came to work. The men with the USW were trying to tell employees about a USW informational meeting where they could learn how to form a union.
However, officials with Great Dane believe a union is not needed.
"Great Dane's employees are smart people," Fuller said. "The company believes that when employees consider all the facts they will come to the same conclusion as have approximately 93 percent of private sector employees -- there is simply no need for a union at Great Dane's Brazil and Terre Haute plants."