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What's a Union Going to do with Hillcrest Golf Club
Monday, 18 April 2011 09:42

Some might call them crazy, but the Steamfitters Pipefitters Union Local 455 has bought the Hillcrest Golf Club in Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul.

What is odd about the purchase is not that a private club was sold, but that a union bought it. There are a few other examples of a union owning a golf course with the most visible being the UAW that owns Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, Michigan ( see link ), but its the exception to the rule.

According to the Star Tribune :

Though the land could be developed for other uses, Local 455 was the only bidder to pledge to continue operating Hillcrest as a private golf club for at least two years. The union's 1,426 members, including retirees, unanimously approved the purchase, using money from a special building fund established in the 1980s and financed by contributions from member paychecks.

So, a union, kind of the anti-white collar, fat cat, private club membership, organization owns a golf course.

We'll see how it goes when they plan to reopen this Spring.

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