Political Action

Nonpartisan Politics

The UBC encourages its nearly half-million members to be active participants in the political process through voting and volunteering.

The union pursues “Carpenter Politics,” an inclusive and nonpartisan effort to support candidates who champion the goals of working people, promote needed infrastructure investments, and support fair trade.

political-action-ngoMost of the union’s political activity takes place in its local unions and regional councils. Their political committees interview candidates seeking support, promote political involvement and voting among the membership, and assist in campaigns.

The Brotherhood’s brand of participatory politics doesn’t get shelved with the yard signs after Election Day. Members are encouraged to attend government meetings and public hearings where issues affecting them are discussed and to reach out directly to the officials they helped elect.

UBC political action means supporting people and policies that support carpenter values, like area-standard wages and benefits, security and dignity in work and retirement, education and training, a safe workplace, and more.

Year in and year out, thousands of members do their part helping with campaigns, phone banks, literature walks, and in many other ways. A growing number of members, however, take political action to the next level – into office.

Whether elected or appointed at the local, state/province, or federal level, these Brothers and Sisters are part of the power structure. Their voices at the table are immeasurably valuable when carpenter issues are in play. Learn more about them via the links at right.

Legislative Issues

For the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the issues that matter are carpenter issues. We work on the things that matter to all of our members –and the contractors who employ them, such as:


  • Intelligent labour laws that serve honest workers and honest employers by making the construction industry safer and more honorable for all.
  • Fighting employer payroll fraud so law-abiding contractors can bid and win work without facing competitors who illegally lower their labor costs.
  • Wage-and-hour laws, the backbone of Canada’s decades-long commitment to fair labor standards.
  • Unfair trade agreements that rob American and Canadian workers of decent jobs and damage our long-term economic security.
  • Funding for sensible programs that create decent jobs and stimulate the economy – like infrastructure, schools, and more.
  • Pension reform that ensures multi-employer workers receive the full benefits they deserve.

Fighting for Fair Trade

For too long, so-called free trade has exacted a heavy price on workers in Canada and the United States through sweetheart trade deals and policies that promote the outsourcing of jobs.

This tilted playing field led to the exodus of manufacturing capacity and eroded the ability of North American workers to support their families.

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and its members believe in creating a system of fair trade that protects workers and the environment. We actively support political candidates who are willing to fight with us against unfair trade practices that weaken the middle class.