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.
Most 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.