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Great Dane responds

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Officials with Great Dane Trailers recently responded to the protest by the United Steelworkers (USW) that took place last Thursday.

"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."

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This union effort is no different than most. The union is only concerned with it's own interests and financial future. I hope that the Great Dane employees have their eyes and ears wide open to make sure they see the big picture. This union as with most others only wishes to take advantage of them by promising more than they can reasonably deliver while helping themselves to a portion of each employees pay check.

-- Posted by bigfoot1 on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 9:39 AM

Great Dane says that it has it's employees interests first. I have been at Great Dane about 35 years and all that I have seen is take this away and take that away. We used to get a attendance bonus at the end of each year for our perfect attendance each month. take away. 5th week vacation take away. company picnic take away. night of racing at Lincoln Park Speedway. take away. children's christmas party at walnut theater. take away. basketball leagues and bowling leagues take away. years of take aways what will be next. Just some things to think about the next time you hear Great Dane put out that they are thinking about their employees interests first.

-- Posted by brattss on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 3:29 PM

Don't be so quick to put Great Dane on a chopping block. My husband has been there for 35 years. I too have seen the changes. But Great Dane is NOT the only one who has done so. I worked for a UNION factory out of Greencastle, needless to say I NO longer work there due to lack of union help and representation. I used to think unions were great until then.And as far as the little quirks taken away over the years, it's not Great Danes fault,it is like that everywhere. Most everywhere has stopped company picnics and so on. Look at the economy. Look at it in a positive way, things could be worse, you could be unemployed or have a pay cut. And with a union that's what you will get,money taken out of your pay for dues. And for what? No help or representation from them in the end.......better think again and not be so quick to judge. And yes considering they are not union, I feel they treat their employees pretty fair with competive pay, 401K,gain sharing and so on.....

-- Posted by LM3561 on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 4:10 PM

Well said LM3561!!

-- Posted by bigfoot1 on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 5:35 PM

Hey LM , why did you need the union. You forgot to tell us?

-- Posted by Eaglesnest 1 on Fri, May 25, 2012, at 9:53 PM

if a private equity firm buys your company out you can rest assured of one thing.they will go in and gut your company to maximize thier profit ratio and also see how quick they will go after what used to be the companies number 1 asset which used to be you but not anymore... number 1 asset is the maximised dollar to them in this new era of running businesses

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Mon, May 28, 2012, at 8:59 PM

Just say NO.....again!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, May 29, 2012, at 4:47 PM

Great Dane says they are pro workers but they allow their bosses to walk around and smack employes in the back of the head all the time. Does this promote good feelings toward the company you are working for? It's issues like this that started the union movement years ago. Make your bosses be bosses and the work force will produce and be happy.

-- Posted by woosterbear46 on Wed, May 30, 2012, at 9:35 AM

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