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South Bay CU employees show off their "Don't Tax My Credit Union" pride.

CUs CHARGE AHEAD WITH CAMPAIGN
updated 07/31/13 04:21 PM
Strong Support, But More Letters Needed
With nearly 125,000 letters hailing from California credit union members, the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign's email blitz to Congress recently broke through the half-million mark on a national level as legislators return to their home districts for the August recess.

"Every single contact from every member counts," said Jennifer Oliver, CEO of South Bay CU in Redondo Beach, CA. "When credit unions can truly collaborate and bring a strong, unified message, we have a voice."

South Bay is just one credit union of 61 located in California and Nevada that have put their advocacy efforts into high gear, engaging members through email and in person. The "Don't Tax My Credit Union" message is being heard loud and clear, with Oliver's credit union staff wearing promotional T-shirts and spreading the word.

One of the credit union's window kiosks even dons a large banner that members can't miss, with a computer already connected to the national www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org webpage. That's in addition to the credit union sending emails, posting Facebook messages, and posting a video on its website.

"Our goal is to bring the level of involvement and understanding of what ownership means to our members—and in order to do that, we need to re-frame the messaging in a way that connects with them and makes them feel like owners," Oliver said. "We have to figure out how to make the notion of ownership real. If they truly understand this concept, they will easily rally to protect the structure that serves them."

San Francisco Fire CU is actively involved in its own initiative. Darren Herrmann, CEO of the San Francisco-based credit union, narrowed down his credit union's strategy to four areas: urgency of message, multiple communication channels, playing up the "Don't Tax My Credit Union" video, and gauging members' response.

"Communicating with members about legislative issues can be daunting to credit unions, including ours," Herrmann said. "That's where the 'Don't Tax My Credit Union' video has been extremely beneficial, and a great tool in explaining this issue in a straightforward and effective manner."

Emails, website postings, newsletter send-outs, Facebook postings, and "tweets" via Twitter have all been key to keeping members in the loop.

"When we update members every quarter on the state of our credit union, it's certainly out of the ordinary to ask for their help," Herrmann said. "But that's what we've done in regard to the threat of taxation. The response has been positive, with members ready and willing to support their credit union. I think they know we work hard to improve their financial lives, and are glad to lend us a hand in the rare instances when we need it."

If your credit union wants to engage its members today, visit the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' Don't Tax My Credit Uniontoolkit webpage!

For more information, or to receive assistance implementing the campaign, email David Creager, the Leagues' manager of grassroots advocacy.

 
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Target/MC Settlement Fails updated 05/22/15 10:16 AM
Target/MC Settlement Fails
Target's $19 million proposed settlement with MasterCard failed to receive the required 90% participation rate from issuers, meaning the settlement will not happen, according to an announcement from MasterCard and one of the attorneys representing five card issuers fighting the settlement.

CU Direct Acquires Intuvo updated 05/22/15 10:02 AM
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The oft-repeated complaint by credit unions that members brought in through indirect auto loans are difficult to make "real" members has been addressed by CU Direct's purchase of Intuvo, a marketing automation software company.

CUES Next Top CU Exec Challenge updated 05/20/15 09:45 AM
Nominate a Standout Future Leader for the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec Challenge
The industry’s first competition recognizing the incredible young credit union leaders is back for year number six! The search is on for the 2015 CUES Next Top Credit Union Exec. This program for the industry’s future leaders is powered by Currency and in partnership with DDJ Myers.

LEAGUES AND CONGRESS SEEK CLARITY updated 05/19/15 09:17 AM
Identifying Merchants After a Breach
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NCUA'S REVIEW: YOUR VOICE MATTERS updated 05/19/15 07:59 AM
Comments on Regulations Needed
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WHAT LENDING GROWTH REVEALS ABOUT CA updated 05/19/15 07:48 AM
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Toolkit to Address Medical Debt updated 05/18/15 12:08 PM
The National Credit Union Foundation Releases Medical Debt Toolkit for Members
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CMG, AACUL AGREEMENT REACHED updated 05/14/15 11:26 AM
Agreement Balances Strong Financial Support for Leagues While Enabling Insurer to Invest for Policyholder Benefit
CUNA Mutual Group and state credit union leagues, represented by the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) Executive Board, have agreed in principle to a new three year $64 million marketing agreement. The agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2016, will help ensure credit unions have a strong local voice to advocate on their behalf.

GROSSE, OPP, ORAM ON CO-OP BOARD updated 05/13/15 11:58 AM
Coast-to-Coast Represented on CO-OP Board
Three new members, located in New York, Idaho and California, were elected to the Board of Directors of CO-OP Financial Services during its Annual Shareholders meeting held on May 7.

CU PROFESSIONALS CUDEs CERTIFIED updated 05/13/15 10:16 AM
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CA CUs RANK HIGH IN RECENT STUDIES updated 05/12/15 08:20 AM
Financial Health, Debt Quality, Performance
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LEAGUE SUPPORTS DATA SECURITY BILL updated 05/12/15 08:18 AM
Tougher State Standards on Retailers
The California Credit Union League has announced its support for Assembly Bill 83 (AB 83) by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), which would require businesses to enhance data security standards to protect consumers’ personal information using “reasonable security procedures and practices.”

CEO: CUs AND THRIVING IN 'THE SHIFT' updated 05/12/15 02:06 PM
Discusses Industry's Preparation for Change
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CUS MEET WITH SPEAKER ATKINS updated 05/11/15 08:42 AM
Talks Financial Literacy and More
Today, credit union leaders met with Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). The first San Diegan to serve as assembly speaker, Atkins represents assembly district 78, which includes the Southern half of coastal San Diego County encompassing Solana Beach, Del Mar, Coronado, and Imperial Beach with 88 percent of the district’s voters residing in the city of San Diego.

THINK 15 RAISES $100K FOR CMN updated 05/08/15 10:39 AM
CMN Receives Large Donation
A total of $100,000 was raised in donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) at the THINK 15 Conference held May 5-8 in Colorado Springs, CO., sponsored by CO-OP Financial Services.

CUNA: CUs WANT ADVOCACY, CHOICE updated 05/06/15 11:04 AM
System Structure and Governance Questioned
Preliminary findings of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) System Structure and Governance Task Force show that credit unions want better advocacy and more choice from their trade association.

ROYCE ON MBL: 'FAR FROM OVER' updated 05/04/15 12:38 PM
Asks for Members to Contact Congress
Rep. Ed Royce, R-CA, communicated to credit union leaders on Monday regarding ongoing efforts to raise the member business lending (MBL) cap, as well as his parity legislation to re-categorize non-owner occupied residences as residential real-estate loans (H.R. 1422).

THE MILITARY LENDING ACT AND CUs updated 05/04/15 04:04 PM
Congress Attempts to Assist
Last week the House Armed Services Committee considered and passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015. For credit unions, the section pertaining to the Military Lending Act was of considerable importance.

AMENDED COMMON BOND RULE PASSED updated 04/30/15 02:46 PM
NCUA Votes 2-1
Today, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) approved a rule that would limit credit unions' use of associational common bonds to add to fields of membership (FOM).

DATA BREACH BILL: CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES updated 04/28/15 09:50 AM
Twitter, Facebook, and Email
More than 30,000 credit union members received an actionable email alert through the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Connect For The Cause program this week regarding Senate Bill 961, the Data Security Act of 2015.

NCUA AGENDA: ASSOC. COMMON BONDS updated 04/28/15 09:01 AM
RBC2 Comment Letter Update
The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board will consider a final rule on field of membership (FOM) and associational common bonds at the upcoming April 30 board meeting.

ELLIOT EISENBERG ADDED TO CONFERENCE updated 04/28/15 03:36 PM
'Accelerating Success' This Week
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NCUA TESTIFIES ON REG. BURDENS updated 04/24/15 02:31 PM
House Financial Services Committee
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CUs CELEBRATE EARTH DAY updated 04/22/15 12:51 PM
Tree Donations and More
Today is Earth Day and credit unions across the country are helping make a difference.