UAW Black Lake
The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center
The Walter and May Reuther UAW Family Education Center is located on Black Lake near Onaway, Mich. It is funded from interest on the UAW strike fund. No union anywhere in the world offers an education center of this magnitude to its members. With its stunning design, beautiful location, and warm, open atmosphere it is the envy of labor educators.
Each summer UAW families may apply to participate in the Family Scholarship Program. Members, spouses and older children learn about the union and have the opportunity to participate in supervised recreational programs.
The education center conducts conferences geared to the responsibilities of union officeholders. Classes are offered on leadership development, union involvement, health and safety, political action, civil rights and many other topics. It is also used by UAW regions for leadership training in their summer and fall schools.
The Black Lake experience has bonded UAW members into a strong family with a shared vision for the future. The center generally operates 11 months of the year and accommodates up to 450 students at one time.
Center accommodations include 241 completely remodeled guest rooms, featuring lakeside rooms at Maxon Lodge, hotel-style rooms and fully equipped condos. The campground is open to all UAW members. Campsites are equipped with sewer, water and electrical hookup with nearby indoor shower, toilet and laundry facilities. There also is a boat launching ramp and dock.
A beautiful gymnasium houses two full-sized basketball courts and can seat up to 1,200 people when set up as an auditorium. There is an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, a sauna next to the men’s and women’s dressing rooms, an exercise and weight room and pool and table tennis tables.
Black Lake Golf Club is the newest addition to the recreational side of the Family Education Center. Designed by acclaimed architect Rees Jones, the course takes advantage of the spectacular property and is situated on 1,000 acres of heavily-forested land on the southeast side of one of Michigan’s largest inland lakes.
During the week and on weekends, lodging at the center is available to UAW members and UAW guests. For more information or for reservations, call toll-free 1-866-829-4653.