UAW Puts Black Lake Retreat Up For Sale
The Detroit News reports that the UAW has put its infamous Black Lake retreat on the market, as the “symbol of the union’s success” has become a financial liability. The money-losing retreat and golf resort became a symbol of UAW profligacy during last year’s lead-up to the auto industry bailout. Even within the union, the club had become seen as a white elephant, sucking down an estimated $23m over the last five years, while being kept alive on interest from the union’s strike fund. All during a period in which UAW membership has declined and the union has been forced into concessions. With the UAW’s financial solvency dependent on GM and Chrysler IPOs, perks like Black Lake had to go. The UAW has not yet publicized an asking price.