Local 446 was established in 1917 and was one of the longest-serving locals in the province. But it fell "well below the standards of a viable local union as of March, 2009," stated the board.
The international's decision to merge Local 446 with Local 2486 to ensure the viability and sustainability of the enlarged local is "not only fair and reasonable, but is fully justified. . . . It is consistent with the (international's) plan to revitalize itself."
Clement is still not convinced. "Apparently the international's constitution carries far more weight than the wishes of the membership," said Clement of the board decision, Local 446's last avenue of appeal.