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, 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.

The future is bright.

Increasing the skills of our members and enabling them to do their very best work on the job is our top priority.  We consider skill, safety, productivity, and attitude to be the keys to success for our members, our contractors, and our union.  We are committed to providing our members and signatory contractors with a competitive advantage in the construction industry.

What others say about us…

I am a member of Local 27 because I wanted to be part of this great organization. This union embraces all members, regardless of gender, race or religious beliefs. We are all members first. As a member my family and I receive great benefits through receiving good wages, and a pension. Knowing that later in life, I will not be a burden to my family and to society, gives me piece of mind. 

Paul Petrucci

Local 27 is a good Union to be a part of.  I am glad to have found the Carpenters’ Union and became a member.  I hope to in the future give back to the Carpenters’ Union and contribute to the Union to return my thanks for all the Union has done for me and my family.   

Saeed Ahmed

I am a member of local 27 and am proud of it. I like belonging to a union who respect their members and offer qualified and trained tradespeople to the employer.  I was very impressed with the UBC Training Center in Las Vegas and the 300 hitters training seminar. I thought it was very well done and I am very grateful that I was chosen to participate in the program.

Allan Heacock

In 2006 I joined local 27. Over the last 13 years I have learned that hard work, attention to detail and commitment to schedule is what separates me and my fellow brothers from the rest of the industry and maintains our job security.  Local 27 constantly highlight the importance of improvement. They not only encourage it, they open the doors for you to do so through their training courses. Ultimately I believe this is because they understand that by bettering their fellow members they are improving the foundation for further growth and maintaining the security that I as a member rely on.

Joey Tanzey

I am an active Local 27 member since 2010.  I am engaged with the Union through attending meetings, courses, seminars and member events. What I gained since becoming a member of the Carpenters’ Union is stability, support (moral and financial), an in depth understanding of the union, the importance of being a contributing member that contributes to the collective growth of our Union. I have had the opportunity to get to know our representatives and the importance of their work.  I gained knowledge by attending training courses provided at The College of Carpenters. I have had the opportunity to attend training at the Carpenters’ International Training Centre and take part in Leadership Programs. I believe there is always room to learn and grow and I think Local 27 is doing a great job providing members the chance and the tools to better ourselves on the job and in our personal life. 

Alain Gabor
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