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 of 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 inscribed Latin, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” means “Labor Conquers All Things.”
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.”
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.
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 label of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners 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.