Who We Are
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. After a century and a quarter, some of the items are no longer common on jobsites, but the values they represent remain a vital part of the Brotherhood.
- The motto, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” means “Labor Conquers All Things.”
- The ruler signifies the Golden Rule.
- The compass reminds members to stay on track in their lives and work.
- The jack plane is a simple symbol of the trade.
- The colors were carefully chosen: pale blue for the purity of labor; dark red for the dignified labor that flows like blood through those who toil.
- The shield embodies the concept that all members are morally bound to protect the interests of the organization and its members.
Our Union Label
The label of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was adopted in 1902 and registered in 1903. It signifies that the product has been made by Brotherhood members working under union conditions and protected by a collective-bargaining agreement.
The label appears in one of three forms: a rubber stamp used to place an impression on millwork and manufactured material; a transfer or decal, either color or black-and-white, placed on finished products such as fixtures and furniture; or as an impression by a brass die on products such as boxes and flooring.