Leadership and Structure:
A Representative Democracy

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is an organization governed by its members through rules, regulations, and guidelines established according to its constitution and bylaws.

These guidelines were first established in the 1800s by workers who shed sweat, tears, and sometimes blood to establish the right of workers to organize. These labor pioneers were determined to win a better standard of living for themselves and their families. The guidelines were organized into the UBC Constitution and bylaws.

UBC members are united by their desire to earn fair wages and benefits in a safe work environment. Opportunities for membership, education, skills training, and job advancement are open to all.

The UBC prides itself on being a democratic organization. Members elect their leaders, and each member has a say in how the UBC is operated and governed. With those rights comes responsibility: Every member is responsible for voicing an opinion and attending meetings so that each can make informed choices about their UBC leadership.

Those leaders are keenly aware of their responsibilities, and they approach their work using one simple rule: Does it help the UBC grow or hold it back? If it helps it grow, creates opportunities for the members, and strengthens the union, the leadership works to implement it.

That clear direction has guided years of hard work at every level of the Brotherhood.

Structurally, this direction prompted consolidation, and the replacement of the old structure with full-service regional councils. This reorganization reflects today's construction market, and this council structure helps ensure the readiness of resources to implement effective strategies in protecting and securing work. In the process, local expenses are reduced by eliminating the duplication of services.

These changes make the Brotherhood more effective and more efficient.

“If we want these changes we have worked so hard for to be permanent, then we have to make sure that the reason for the changes, and the things that are critical to our success as craftsmen and as a union are ‘bred in the bones’ of our Brotherhood,” said UBC General President Douglas McCarron.

“We are ready now, and we will be ready when the economy turns around. We’ll be on the job, bags on, ready to work. We are standing strong. Building our union. Building our future. Building tomorrow.”

UBC General President Douglas J. McCarron, center; General Vice President Doug Banes, left; and General Secretary-Treasurer Andris J. Silins.

STRUCTURE OF THE UBC

Members in Local Unions

    Journeymen, Apprentices, and Retirees

    Local Executive Board

    Delegates to Regional Council

Regional Councils

    Council Delegates from each Local Union

    Council Executive Board and Trustees

    Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer

General Executive Board

    General President

    General Vice President 

    General Secretary-Treasurer

    District Vice Presidents: 
        Canadian, Eastern, Southern, Midwestern, and Western