UBC Quick Guide

A “Quick” Guide to the UBC

Whether you are brand new to the union or a seasoned journey-level carpenter, the UBC structure can seem vast. Learn more about how our long-standing infrastructure keeps us moving forward, protecting our craft, training our future, and organizing to grow our union.

UBC International

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

GENERAL PRESIDENT
Douglas McCarron


GENERAL VP
Frank Spencer


SECOND VP
David Tharp


GENERAL SECRETARY-TREASURER
Thomas Flynn


5 DISTRICT VPs

DUTIES

Set UBC objectives


Ensure goals are met through the Regional Councils and Training Centers


Organize on large scale campaigns, jurisdictional issues, political efforts, and combating tax fraud

ELECTION PROCESS

Elected every five years


By Local delegates


At the General Convention


Learn more about UBC Leadership structure.


 Western District

One of five districts in the UBC. The Western District includes four Regional Councils: Pacific NW Regional Council, Northern California Regional Council, Hawaii Regional Council, and the Southwest Regional Council. These four Councils cover 14 states in the west. 

LEADERSHIP

DISTRICT VP
Randy Thornhill

DUTIES

Lead UBC objectives in Regional Councils


Employ Representatives and Organizers focused on large scale campaigns, jurisdictional issues, and upholding the Constitution and Laws at the local level

ELECTION PROCESS

Elected every five years


By Local delegates


At the General Convention

Regional Councils

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Five Local Union Officers


A member representative from each Local


EST Evelyn Shapiro
Principal officer, oversees Council day-to-day operations

COUNCIL DUTIES

Contract enforcement


Work dispatch


Member representation 


Organizing


Member engagement


Bargaining

ELECTION PROCESS

Executive Committee


Elected every four years


By Local delegates


Learn more about leadership in our Regional Council.

Have you met a Council representative?
If not, give us a call, attend an upcoming Local Union meeting, or chat with a representative next time they are on your job site.


Local Unions

LEADERSHIP

Executive Committee


Typically a board of 10 officers

DUTIES

The root of our democratic organization


Every member can run for office and vote for officers


These positions include delegates to the Regional Council and the UBC General Convention


Delegates carry directives forward through motions at the Council delegate meetings


Members at the Local help shape direction at all levels of our Union


Local Unions also conduct business as it pertains to their area or craft 

ELECTION PROCESS

Elected every two years


By all members of the Local Union


Learn who your Local delegates are.


Training

The Carpenters International Training Center (CITC) is where apprenticeship and training staff learn the newest techniques and technology relating to our craft. The UBC invests hundreds of millions of dollars into skills training. Located in Vegas, our state-of-the-art campus provides food and lodging for members while they learn the latest construction technologies, and sharpen their leadership skills. 

We also have several training facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest:

LEADERSHIP

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
Mike Hawes, PNCI
Bob Susee, NWCI
Frank Mucci, AK
Davin Quist, MT


TRAINING TRUSTS
Oversee training programs and are made up of Union Carpenters and Unionized employers

DUTIES

Run state-certified apprenticeship programs that train thousands of future journey-level carpenters each year


Offer skill advancement classes for members

ELECTION PROCESS

Chosen by the training board of trustees


EST: appoints the labor side


Contractor Associations: appoint the employer side

TRUST FUNDS

Trust Funds are the health and welfare benefits, retirement plan, vacation funds, and sometimes a 401(k) plan. Benefits vary depending on your area.

LEADERSHIP

Board of Trustees

DUTIES

Protect the funds


Provide the best coverage and benefits for UBC members


Ensure health of the trusts


Decide on investments


Make improvements to coverage


Act as fiduciaries to the plans

ELECTION PROCESS

EST Appoints: Labor


Contractor Associations Appoint: Employers


Board then chooses a team of outside trust professionals and investment managers to advise on day-to-day management


If you have questions about your coverage or need to update your dependents or address, call your trust administrator


Did You Know?

Carpenters skills and training go beyond the job site.

The Journeyman Leadership Program is a three day program geared towards developing the strong qualities of members on the job and in their lives – leadership, communication, mentoring and collective action. Members learn where the UBC came from and where its headed, and, importantly, how to lead it. Learn More

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