Through effective and determined organizing programs, political engagement, contract enforcement and strong rank and file participation we have the strength to protect what we have and just as important expand what we control. Organizing the unorganized while taking on employers that undercut our standards is the foundation of our Union. Our rank-and-file membership is our greatest asset and is the top priority of the elected leadership and staff.
We also strongly value our relationship with our signatory employers. There are many industry issues and initiatives where we have alignment with our signatory base, and it is important to work together wherever possible towards our mutually beneficial interests. Part of this partnership is our Training Programs. Each year the Nor Cal Carpenters Union and our signatory contractors invest upwards of $45 million in training our members, providing opportunities to grow, and build more work opportunities in our rapidly changing industry. We believe each dollar spent is an investment in the future: for our members, our Union and California as a whole.
The NCCU is proudly affiliated with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) and actively supports the goals of the UBC which include being the highest skilled crafts people in the construction industry, organizing the unorganized, leadership development, political engagement and building to 70% Union market share.