COUPLED PRODUCTS: Strikers go home after two years on picket line

COLUMBIA CITY — After two years, United Auto Workers Local 2049 strikers left their site near Coupled Products, LLC. in Columbia City.UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and the strikers packed up shortly after that.It is unknown why the strikers decided to leave.Twenty-nine members of UAW Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotiations fell a part had kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.In January, the number of union members participating in the strike had dropped from 29 to 21. Although strikers declared unfair labor practices, Jonathan Drew, the company’s president, told The Post & Mail in January that Coupled Products has an “excellent workforce in the plant” and “dedicated employees” who will support the business.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 29 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.