Carpenters In Action

We need your help engaging fellow workers, leaders, and community organizations. Only together, will we elevate our industry.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) was formed through carpenter-to-carpenter organizing. Carpenters like our founding President, Peter J. McGuire, were out on job sites, knocking on doors to bring the message of unity in securing better pay and improved working conditions. Through the efforts of a handful of carpenters, the UBC was formed. Since its inception in 1881, it has grown into one of the largest building trade unions in North America.

Today, the plan remains the same.

It is up to each and every member to strengthen our organization and grow market share. The challenge is, there has been a shift in the way people understand their union. Union perception has transformed from “my Union” to “the Union” – treating the union as a third party. We need to change this mindset. We need to bridge the gap between rank-and-file members and the UBC.

So, how do we do it?

As we work shoulder-to-shoulder we need to be advocates, collaborating to uplift the trades, defend the rights of working families, and engage our brothers and sisters in the meaning of the union. That is where you come in. Consider, how are you taking ownership of your union?

Want to help? Join Carpenters In Action and see how you can have an impact on your community and industry.

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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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