The official emblem of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America was adopted at the Fourth General Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 1884.
The emblem was originally designed by the old National Union of Carpenters, which was organized in September 1864. The motto inscribed therein, “Labor Omnia Vincit,” translated from Latin means “Labor Conquers All Things.” The other elements of design, such as the rule and compass, have the following meanings:
The Rule: signifying the desire of the organization to live by the Golden Rule: “To do unto others as we would wish others to do unto us.”
The Compass: indicating that we shall endeavor to surround our members with better conditions socially, morally and intellectually.
The Jack Plane: a tool emblematic of our trade.
The Colors: pale blue, signifying ideas as pure, clean and lofty as the skies; while the dark red denotes that “labor is honorable” and that through honorable labor red blood flows through the veins of those who toil. The Shield or base of the emblem: indicating that those legally wearing the emblem are morally bound to safeguard and protect the interests of the organization and its members.