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Who We Are / Our History



The St. Louis - Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council represents more than 20,000 members in 34 locals across Missouri, Kansas, and Southern Illinois. It was in St. Louis that Peter J. McGuire first organized a citywide carpenters’ alliance and issued the call for a national carpenters’ union in the first edition of the Carpenter, which remains the national publication for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Since our inception in 1881, we have evolved to meet the needs of our membership and the consumers who hire us. The Regional Council works for its members by negotiating fair wages and comprehensive benefit packages, and we have invested more than $250 million in redevelopment projects to create jobs. We believe in providing our contractors with the most productive and skilled workforce available, while offering the kind of advanced training and technology that gives us the competitive edge.

All Regional Council members are required to:
  • Complete more than four years of hands-on training at our state-of-the-art training centers.
  • Participate in on-going safety and skill advancement instruction.
  • Undergo regular drug testing.
To become a member of the Carpenters Regional Council means being a proud part of one of the oldest and best labor unions in the nation. For information on how to join us, contact the Regional Council Office at 314.644.4800 or toll-free at 800.332.7188.
Quick Facts
  • Started in 1881 by Peter J. McGuire
  • Invested $250 million to promote MAN HOURS
  • Covers Missouri, Kansas and Southern Illinois
  • Current Executive Secretary-Treasurer: Al Bond
  • The Carpenters' Union builds our community