By the beginning of 1986, work was just about back to normal for the Wire unit. The Local was even sending out Book 2’s. The Metro Bus Tunnel began construction, which began driving other development in the downtown core, and the Convention Center was taking off, so work was plentiful once again.
In 1986, for the first time, at least in the written historical minutes, the Local hired an organizer. Never before was there a mention of an organizer. There are Organizing Committees discussed and Units and shops had been organized over the years, but there was never mention of a dedicated organizer.
In 1986, the 33rd International Convention was held in Toronto, Canada. Due to the downturn in the shipyards, and lack of construction work in the preceding years, the Local has lost almost a thousand members; our count stood at 2,870, as our delegates headed to convention, they were:
S. Anderson, H. McGuire, B. English, J. Toby, D. Hurlburt, S. Vondette, D. Jordan, P. Schwendiman, B. Keller
At this Convention tragedy struck down one of our long time members, Bill English. Bill died in Toronto serving the Union he loved. Bill and his family have been connected with Local 46 for decades. I think the 75th Anniversary committee framed it best in their booklet when they said Local 46 was stunned by Bill’s death. Yes, we were!
In October of that same year, Square D announced they were closing their Seattle manufacturing plant. The Local’s staff worked hard to save the plant, taking out newspaper ads in the city where Square D was headquartered, plus the rank and file members working at Square D got very active. But nothing could save the plant that had been in Seattle since 1944.