January 9, 1991 meeting, it was motioned and carried that Local 46 send three African-American delegates to the first National IBEW African-American Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since then, the Local has consistently sent delegates of all races to the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus Annual Leadership Conference, which is held in a different city every year.
One of the unique features of the Leadership Conference is the volunteer participation of the delegates in projects within the community where the Conference is held.
At the June 12, 1991 meeting, it was motioned and carried to concur with the Wireman’s unit to request that the Seattle-King County Building Trades and the King County Labor Council observe Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as an official holiday.
In 1986, delegates to the IBEW International Convention had voted to change the Constitution and have conventions every five years. This change would save resources by only meeting every five years and the next Convention would then coincide with the 100th anniversary of the IBEW in 1991.
The Convention in 1991 was held in St. Louis, the place where the IBEW first met. The membership of Local 46 had increased to 3,146 and the delegates to 34th convention were as follows: S. E. Anderson, M. C. Hendrix, J. D. Andrew, W. E. Kaske, L. A. Ayson, R. V. Keller, J. S. Balliet, H. R. McGuire Jr, J. T. Freese, and P. T. Schwendiman.
For the next couple of years there was intense discussion about the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Members expressed their concerns about this proposal and the Local actually hired a Business Representative to research and educate the members on this flawed deal.