Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters - History of the Brotherhood

Get in the Loop!

Get news and information about the Carpenters Union delivered straight to your mobile phone.

While the UBC will never charge you for text messaging, your carrier’s message and data rates may apply.

History of the Brotherhood

It began in 1881, when 36 carpenters from 11 cities formed a national union with a constitution, a structure, and 2,000 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. Much has changed in a century, but growth still rests on reaching out and opening doors to all working carpenters.

Click here for a full history of our union

 The Meanings behind the UBC Emblem

The official emblem of the UBC was adopted at the Forth General Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1884.

The motto inscribed "Labor Omnia Vincit," translated from Latin means "Labor Conquers All Things."

  • The Rule: signifying 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: indicating 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 signifying ideas as pure, clean and lofty as the skies, while 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: indicating that those legally wearing that emblem are morally bound to safeguard and protect the interests of the organization and its members.

Calendar of Events

Video Gallery