“Our organization was set up to deal with the industry as it was in post-World War II North America,” said UBC General President Doug McCarron when he was elected in 1995. “But the industry has changed drastically since then, and we must change with it.”
Ultimately the challenges of maintaining and growing the brotherhood rests with our acknowledgement of past short comings, while looking forward to the future with the determination and knowledge to succeed in the market. The UBC’s growth in the future rests on its ability to reach out and open its doors to all working carpenters.
The American workforce may look different today—more multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-lingual—but the underlying principle of organizing all the men and women who make their living at the carpentry trade is exactly the same as it was in 1881, when 36 carpenters met in Chicago to improve their lives, their futures, and their trade.
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