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 ‘Labour 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 colours were carefully chosen: pale blue for the purity of labour; dark red for the dignified labour 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.
To elevate the moral, intellectual, and social conditions of all our members and to improve the trade in every way possible.