About Us

About Carpenters Local 1260


Carpenters Local 1260 is affiliated with The United Brotherhood Of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC), North America's Largest Building-trades Union. Members in Local 1260 join with the UBC's more than a half-million members in the construction and wood-products industries.


The work of Local 1260 members builds on the union's nearly 130 year history of improving life through hard work, education, and solidarity.


Union members are dedicated to working to help signatory contractors succeed in today's highly completive marketplace. The skilled workers of Local 1260 are dedicated to extending the legacy of superior work - done right the first time, safety on the job, and a partnership for excellence with our signatory contractors. If you are a contractor who wishes to affiliate with the skilled workers of local 1260, contact the business manager and request information about signing on as a signatory contractor. If you are a carpenter who would like to affiliate with the union, investigate opportunities to become a union carpenter on our "become a member" page.


Carpenters Local 1260 represents members in seventeen Iowa counties in the South Central/Southeast area of the state (see map). We are affiliated with the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters.. We maintain a Joint Apprenticeship and Training Center in Cedar Rapids that serves carpenter locals in Central and Eastern Iowa, as a cooperative service group to deliver apprenticeship/journeyman training opportunities (JATC).




The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America." ~ John F. Kennedy



History of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners




A brief history from it's origins during 300 A.D. as guilds. Carpentry has been recognized since the 1200s. In the mid-1800s guilds gave way to union organizations. First established on August 11, 1881, the first union local - Local #1, still exists in Chicago.


Today local carpenters unions, such as Carpenters Local 1260, are affiliated with Regional Councils. Local 1260 is affiliated with The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters. The regional council provides the construction and maintenance industries with productive, competitive and certified professional carpenters.


In November 2002, Carpenters Local 1260 held its 100-year celebration of building and serving its community.


During those 100 years Local 1260 has some unique events in its own history. One of those milestones includes the first woman in the nation to complete an apprenticeship with the carpenter's union. In 1975, Dale McCormick became a journeyman after completing that historic apprenticeship with local 1260 in Iowa City, Iowa. McCormick eventually moved to Maine and became active as an author and a political figure in Maine.


You can also read about the history of Local 1260 in Building Solidarity by John McKerley. This book is also available at the hall.


Regional Council

The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters represents nearly 25,000 members and their families in 36 Local Unions in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Our staff of nearly 130 representatives and specialists works for our members on jobsites, in the halls of power and in the community.


The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters formed November 1, 2007, when the UBC merged the Lakes and Plains Regional Council with the Northern Wisconsin Regional Council.


Each of those councils was the result of earlier consolidations.


In Wisconsin, the Carpenters Union dates back to the early 1900s. The Northern Wisconsin Regional Council had its roots in the Greater Fox River Valley District Council, which was formed by the merger of the Fox River Valley Area Council, the Wisconsin River Valley Area Council, Eau Claire Carpenters Local 1074 and LaCrosse Carpenters Local 1143. In 1999, the organization restructured into the Northern Wisconsin Regional Council. In 2001, the Council’s jurisdiction expanded to include Madison Carpenters Local 314 and southern parts of the state.


In Minnesota, the first Carpenters Locals were chartered in Minneapolis in 1881 and in Saint Paul in 1885. The Twin City Carpenters District Council was founded in 1915 to build strength for Union Locals throughout the area. The Millwrights already were part of the Brotherhood; additional crafts joined later: the Pile Drivers in 1937, the Floor Coverers in 1940, and the Lathers in 1979.


In 1988, the UBC began to merge a number of Local Unions and created the Minnesota Statewide District Council. In 1994, jurisdictions changed again. Locals 361, 606 and 1348 were spun off; they eventually teamed with North Dakota Locals 1091 and 1176 to form the North Central Regional Council.


Locals in the rest of Minnesota became the Carpenters District Council of Southern Minnesota. In 1997, when jurisdiction expanded into South Dakota, that council adopted the Lakes and Plains name.


Lakes and Plains and the North Central Regional Council merged in 2003.


In July 2010, the North Central States Regional Council welcomed 3,000 members from five Locals in Nebraska and central and western Iowa.


In January 2016, the North Central States Regional Council welcomed 4,350 members from eight Locals in eastern Iowa and the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin.



We are the Carpenters Union. Our mission is straightforward: To gain 70% market share in the construction industry. We provide better training, better performance, and a better life for ourselves, our families, and our communities.


The UBC dates back to 1881. More than a century ago, the Brotherhood led the fight that changed American workplaces forever — the fight to create the 8-hour workday.


Today, we lead the fight to make sure our members — and all Carpenters — earn wages, benefits and working conditions they deserve in exchange for the skill and productivity they bring to the job.


We proudly partner with our signatory contractors to raise the standards of our industry — and to raise the standard of living for all of us.


Today, we mobilize to make life better for all workers. We promote and define industry standards such as job safety, prevailing wages, strong apprenticeship training, and opportunity. We fight for fair economic and trade policies at every level in the public and private sectors. We continue to expose unscrupulous developers and contractors who drag down area standards, exploit workers and cheat our communities.


The United Brotherhood of Carpenters has nearly half of a million members organized into hundreds of Local Unions across the U.S. Through these Locals, our members stand together in Regional Councils to maximize our strength and power.


Contact Info







Carpenters Local 1260

1008 Wiliam St, Suite 101A

Iowa City, IA 52240
PH: (319)338-1638

FAX: (319)338-3714



Hours: Monday through Friday

8:00am - 12:30pm

1:30pm - 5:00pm

Carpenters Union Local 1260  |  1008 William St Suite 101A., Iowa City IA 52240  |  PH 319-338-1638  |  FX 319-338-3714