The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is one of the largest and strongest unions in North America. Over the course of its proud 130-year history, millions of highly trained carpenters, millwrights, and other specialty craft professionals have provided a skilled, productive workforce for our contractors. Some facts about the UBC include:
- In August 1881, 36 carpenters from 11 cities met in a Chicago warehouse and formed the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.
- The union’s founder, Peter J. McGuire, was the driving force behind creating the Labor Day holiday.
- The UBC represents and offers training to North America's general carpenters, interior systems carpenters and drywallers, millwrights, floor coverers, millworkers and cabinetmakers, framing and residential carpenters, pile drivers, lathers, scaffolders, roofers, and workers in forest-product and related industries.
- There are 36 regional and district councils, geographically aligned with today’s construction markets. Each region oversees numerous individual local unions.
- The union actively promotes diversity within its ranks with programs that encourage women, Native Americans, and returning veterans to join the union.
- The union’s 100 affiliated pension funds control $45 billion in assets, and the union is an active investor that works for responsible corporate governance.
- Union members are encouraged to become involved in Carpenter Politics, a nonpartisan, grass-roots-driven effort that supports candidates for their stances on issues, not party affiliation.
- More than 8 in 10 UBC members are registered to vote.
- Carpenter, the union’s membership magazine, began in 1881 and is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in North America.
- There are about 3,500 full- and part-time instructors associated with the UBC.
- More than $200 million a year is invested in providing apprenticeship training and upgrading the skills of UBC members, staff, and leadership.
- In 2001, the UBC opened its $100-million, 344,000-square-foot International Training Center (ITC), set on a 14-acre campus in Las Vegas, to train members, staff, and instructors in hundreds of courses.
- The ITC was enlarged in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2013 and today is a practical, hands-on learning facility with some 300 private dorm rooms, classrooms, trade shops, and exercise facilities. Currently, the ITC is over 1.2 million square feet with 150,000 square feet of shop space and over 70 classrooms.
- UBC training is delivered through a network of more than 200 training centers across North America. Brotherhood training can aid members throughout their careers with courses designed for pre-apprentices, apprentices, journeymen, foremen, and superintendents.
- Currently underway is the biggest curriculum overhaul in the union’s history, with more than 126 new course manuals published in just the last decade.
- The ITC offers highly specialized member training for millwrights on gas or steam turbines. To date, over 18,000 members have attended turbine classes in Las Vegas.
- Brotherhood instructors from across North America travel to the Las Vegas facility for more than 100 train-the-trainer courses that are taught more than 300 times each year.
- Thousands of third-year apprentices have come to the ITC to learn how important a strong union and robust construction industry are to their own futures.
- The UBC is meeting and exceeding our goal of having 10,000 or more journeymen a year attend our leadership programs to learn the skills needed to be a transformational leader who promotes a constructive culture on the jobsite, leading to increased productivity.
- Thousands of our third year apprentices also come to the ITC every year to learn leadership and communication skills. This training complements their acquired industry knowledge, and ensures their interpersonal demeanor has a positive effect on their own future, and the Brotherhood as a whole.
In addition to the journeymen and apprentices, the UBC’s Collaborative Leadership program has a goal of at least 2,500 participants a year. These participants come from our signatory contractors throughout North America. They send their foremen, project managers, estimators, superintendents, and even VP's and owners to learn the skills needed to be team builders and truly collaborative leaders.