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
- 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.