Small credit union leaders have taken it upon themselves to band together and try to push back against the trend of mergers and acquisitions.
Three years ago, Joy Cousminer, president/CEO of $32 million asset Bethex Federal Credit Union, Bronx, N.Y., helped start an organization called We Care for Credit Unions.
"We watched what was going on with anger and fear,” Cousminer says. “As each credit union disappeared we said, ‘soon, we will be next.’ "
The alliance, which includes more than 30 New York metropolitan-area credit unions, brings credit union leaders together to collaborate. The organization is seeking 501c3 status to be able to work as a nonprofit that can receive donations.
Small credit unions must fight to stay alive—and they need to do so together, Cousminer says.
"Remember how hard it was to get your charter? That is how hard you are going to have to fight to keep your charter now," Cousminer says.
Once the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s new customer due diligence rule becomes effective May 11, 2018, credit unions will be required to identify and verify the beneficial owners of business-type accounts.
CUNA continued its efforts for clarifications, including asking for credit card guidance, on the changes to the Military Lending Act Thursday. Many changes became effective last October, and credit card provisions will take effect Oct. 3.
The 2017 CUNA GAC kicks off Feb. 26, registration starts Sunday and leads into that evening’s ED (Filene) Talk, and continues Monday with the kickoff of the general session and a number of breakout sessions.