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David Creager, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues

MORE LETTERS TO CONGRESS NEEDED
updated 10/16/13 04:05 PM
Next Few Weeks are Crucial
With the nation's debt-ceiling fight and government shutdown hanging over Congress and the White House, a "grand bargain" could be one option in the works.

California and Nevada credit unions are being urged now, more than ever, to contact their members of Congress.

"We need to redouble our efforts and send tens of thousands of additional letters to Congress in the next few weeks," said David Creager, manager of grassroots advocacy for the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. "If you have not taken action, or if your efforts have not netted the response you expected, now is the time to reach out to your members."

So far, more than 1 million have been sent to Congress nationwide—225,000 of which are from California and Nevada. But many more are needed, Creager said.

The fiscal battle on Capitol Hill comes 15 years after the passage of H.R. 1151, a sweeping grassroots movement that taught credit unions a valuable lesson: A crisis can result in important consequences caused by sweeping federal legislation. Without a strong voice in the process of reform, credit unions stand to lose valuable ground.

"Undoubtedly, it's good if Congress and the president work toward fixing structural problems in funding and taxation," Creager said. "Now, however, we have the frightening task of ensuring the credit union tax status is not wiped out during a potential late-night tax reform bargain."

He noted a recent letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that signaled "all options are on the table."

"Once the principle decision makers get into a room to negotiate, we will have very little voice in the process," Creager said. "To that end, both parties must be in the credit union corner before talks begin."

For assistance in implementing the Don't Tax My Credit Union campaign at your credit union, contact David Creager at DCreager@ccul.org or 916-798-3367.

 
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CHAPTER FORUM, RECEPTION ENGAGES CUs updated 10/27/14 06:55 PM
Networking and Awards after 'REACH'
Credit union chapter members from across California and Nevada gathered Oct. 23 at the JW Marriott (L.A. Live) in downtown Los Angeles to attend the 2014 Chapter Forum, which offered a full day of valuable networking and educational sessions for attendees who were eager to share individual stories about the work their chapters are accomplishing.

NEEN JAMES CHALLENGES CUs AT 'REACH' updated 10/27/14 04:17 PM
'Time is the New Currency'
By Wednesday afternoon, nearly 700 credit union CEOs, professionals, industry vendors, and guests had attended REACH 2014, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues’ Annual Meeting and Convention from Oct. 20-22 at the JW Marriott (L.A. LIVE) in downtown Los Angeles.

CFPB, FTC HOST DEBT COLLECTION FORUM updated 10/27/14 03:31 PM
Latino Consumers Discussed
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently hosted an all-day forum on “Debt Collection and the Latino Community,” which brought together consumer advocates, industry professionals, and regulators to discuss how debt collection issues affect Latino consumers, especially those with limited English proficiency (LEP).

FinCEN: QUARTERLY UPDATE ON 'SARs' updated 10/27/14 03:09 PM
Also, Mortgage Service Transfer Guidance
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued its SAR Stats quarterly update, which provides information on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) filed through Sept. 30, 2014.