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About Us

Carpenters Local 27 is a progressive labour organization that represents over 7, 000 members working in a variety of skilled trades, including carpentry and resilient flooring. Local 27 is part of 16 Local Unions across Ontario affiliated with the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario, which has over 22, 000 members province wide.

Our Executive Council members, Business Representative and Organizers all worked on the tools before dedicating their time to serving the Union. They understand and appreciate the day-to-day intensity and focus that must be brought to the job site in order to complete a project on time and on budget. We bring this same focus to the negotiating table and are proud to represent our members.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters is one of North America’s largest building-trades unions, with nearly a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries.

What is the UBC?

It began in 1881, when 36 carpenters from 11 cities formed a national union with a constitution, a structure and two thousand members. From humble beginnings arose a powerful political and economic force, setting the standards for wages, benefits, conditions and quality on every project in the U.S. and Canada. Much has changed in a century, but growth still rests on reaching out and opening doors to all working carpenters.

What Does the UBC Emblem Represent?

In 1884, delegates to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Fourth General Convention adopted this emblem to serve as a symbol of the union’s ideals. The emblem was originally designed by the old National Union of Carpenters which was organized in September, 1864.

More than 130 years after the founding of the UBC, some of the tools within the emblem are no longer common on jobsites. However, all of the design elements and the values they represent remain a vital part of the Brotherhood.

The Motto: The inscribed Latin, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” means “Labor Conquers All Things.”

The Rule: Signifies the desire of the organization to live by the Golden Rule: “To do unto others as we would wish others to do unto us.”

The Compass: Indicates that we shall endeavor to surround our members with better conditions, socially, morally, and intellectually.

The Jack Plane: A tool emblematic of the trade.

The Colors: Pale blue signifies ideas as pure, clean, and lofty as the skies. The dark red denotes that “labor is honorable,” and that through honorable labor red blood flows through the veins of those who toil.

The Shield or base of the Emblem: Indicates that those legally wearing the emblem are morally bound to safeguard and protect the interests of the organization and its members.