About Us


The New York City District Council of Carpenters and Joiners of America is a representative body comprised of nine individual Locals and over 20,000 union members. The District Council functions as the voice for thousands of New York City’s most dedicated and skilled Carpenters, Millwrights, Dockbuilders, Timbermen, Cabinetmakers, Floorcoverers and Industrial Workers.

The New York City District Council of Carpenters is a fully democratic body. Its leadership is elected by union members and only union members. Every Local is represented in every decision made at the District Council and has a voice in contract negotiations, policy decisions and the overall direction of the union. 

Above all else, the District Council is dedicated to guarantee that every worker in our represented trades has rights in the workplace, a fair wage, a healthy family and hope for the future. The construction industry is prone to exploitative and dangerous conditions in the workplace; our efforts are to eliminate those tendencies through strong advocacy and direct action


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.

We are leveraging our 130-year history to prepare for tomorrow by training, educating, and representing the next generation of construction professionals. Our mission is to stand strong for our signatory contractors and help them succeed in today’s marketplace by supplying them with motivated, knowledgeable crews that demonstrate skills, productivity, and a strong work ethic every day.

We at the UBC know that these are the most challenging times our industry has faced. We know that to survive we must become the model of a 21st-century union—one with a laser focus on membership support, unmatched skills for our contractors, and a clear direction in leading the industry through this era.

This renewed online presence reflects our commitment to our contractors, our members, and the industry. Please take a moment to see how the UBC is standing strong—and building tomorrow.



The UBC Emblem

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.

Similar elements and symbolism make up our union label, which is affixed to quality products made by UBC members.

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Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Carpenters believe that every working man and woman has certain rights, but we also realize that with rights come responsibilities – and we take both seriously. Our Bill of Rights and Responsibilities tells the world what we believe in, and what we are prepared to contribute.

All working people have a right to:

  • A good job with benefits.
  • A living wage that can support a family.
  • Security and dignity in work and retirement.
  • A safe and secure workplace.
  • Education and training to reach our full potential.

With rights come responsibilities:

  • Being productive and efficient workers.
  • Producing work of the highest quality – work that we stand behind.
  • Improving our communities.
  • Helping fellow workers achieve safety and security in the workplace.
  • Being active citizens and informed voters.