COLUMBUS, Ohio, and RALEIGH, N.C. (7/31/15)--State credit union leagues continue to facilitate relationships with state and federal policymakers--helping credit unions amplify their voices and the message of the credit union difference.
This week, the Ohio Credit Union League met with a number of General Assembly members, including State Rep. Steve Hambley (R-Medina), who is vice chair of the Ohio House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development Committee (eLumination July 30). The committee has particular importance for its role in legislation that affects credit unions.
Akron, Ohio, credit union leaders discussed credit union member service as well as the regulatory burden and its resulting barriers to member service.
Hambley was “especially attentive” to stories of credit union employees going above and beyond to help their members, the league reported. Hambley also responded positively to credit unions having the ability to offer reduced-interest loans to small businesses.
On Wednesday, Emerald CU, Garfield Heights, Ohio, hosted state Reps. John Barnes (D-Cleveland) and Marty Sweeney (D-Cleveland).
Thursday’s agenda included a discussion and tour at Warren-based Seven Seventeen CU for Reps. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Michael O’Brien (D-Warren). The league and CEOs from three credit unions also met with state Sen. John Eklund (R-Munson Township), a member of the Ohio Senate Financial Institutions Committee.
The Carolinas Credit Union League’s 10-week data breach campaign concluded with Hike the Hill visits by North Carolina and South Carolina last week.
Credit union members and employees sent more than 4,300 emails to congressional offices leading up to the Hill visits.
“Members of Congress noted the feedback received from credit unions on the issue of data security,” said John Radebaugh, league president/CEO (In the Loop July 30). “During our legislative meetings, credit unions advocated for equal security standards among all participants in the payments process. Having a strong foundation of support behind the issue only strengthened our position for Congress to take action and stop the data breaches.”
Thirty-eight credit unions from North Carolina and 24 from South Carolina participated in the 10-week campaign, which used CUNA’s Member Activation Program (MAP) resources such as email templates and social media engagement materials.
Each credit union had a goal of 75% employee participation, and more than a dozen credit unions exceeded that level.