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Leading the Way

Unions lead the way. That’s what we believe, and we’re committed to that vision for America.

America is better positioned to prosper when its people can contribute to its growth and be paid fairly for their contributions.

America thrives when its workers are thriving, and workers thrive when they’re busy building what America needs – from cities to communities to their own careers.

We know that unions make that happen. By organizing labor, we can build the cities, communities, and careers that America needs. And that’s exactly what the Carpenters Union has been doing for almost two centuries. That’s why we’re out in front, especially in an election year, sharing this vision with others. We’re ready to support those people as they define their own leadership plan, and we’ll be standing behind them as they fight for our shared vision.

1791

Carpenters in Philadelphia strike for 10-hour day

1881

Peter J. McGuire Unites 36 Carpenters From 11 Cities to Form the UBC

1882

Peter J. McGuire organizes first Labor Day march

1886

Carpenters lead 320,000 workers in 50-city demonstration to demand 8-hour work day

1907

8-hour day prevails as standard in 200 cities

1919

One of every five workers walks out in a wave of nationwide strikes

1935

Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the National Labor Relations Act, which establishes the right to organize and take collective action. The Works Progress Administration is created to put millions of Americans back to work and build the nation’s infrastructure

1947

The Taft-Hartley Act passes, which restricts the powers and activities of unions, and allows states to pass right-to-work laws banning union shops

1954

Union membership in the U.S. peaks at 34.8%

1965

Cesar Chavez and United Farm Workers organize workers in California

1970

Occupational Safety and Health Act becomes law, establishing regulations that enforce health and safety

1992

Southern California drywallers strike for better wages and working conditions

1995

Delegates elect Douglas J. McCarron General President of the UBC, ushering in a new era for the Union

1996

Southern California and Nevada merge to form Southern California-Nevada Regional Council

2001

Gold Coast and Arizona join to form Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

2001

UBC opens the Carpenters International Training Center in Las Vegas

2003

Utah merges with SWRCC

2006

New Mexico and West Texas merge with SWRCC

2010

Colorado merges with SWRCC

2018

SWRCC restructures Locals and establishes goal for getting members’ work closer to home

2019

Public support for unions reaches 15-year high, while union membership in the U.S. hits record low at 10.3% and CUPP launches, bringing volunteer opportunities to the neighborhoods where members live and work

2020

COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis underscore a strong need for unions to protect the health, safety, and stability of the American worker

We will build our way out of 2020.

As we build, the investments we make in union labor have incredible effects on our communities.  We can show that communities with more union jobs have lower crime rates, and politicians need to know that. We can show that communities with more union jobs have better schools, and politicians need to know that. We can show that communities with more union jobs have healthier people, and politicians need to know that.

It’s an election year, and that’s a big opportunity for the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. We are ready to lead by sharing a clear vision for a better future through union labor. We can prove that union jobs are the way forward, and we will support those candidates who are ready to fight for that better future with union labor.

Our membership is our greatest strength. Our confidence comes from knowing that all of us, together, can get things done like never before. In a year like 2020, our solidarity is an inspiration and a force for change. Together, we will lead the way as we show up as essential workers every day on the job and show up in November to vote.