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Apr 07, 2022
By Tom Harrington
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  • Advocacy

 Activists Share The Credit Union Difference with Policymakers

Paul Kundert Testifies in House Subcommittee

Last week, UW Credit Union President/CEO Paul Kundert testified in front of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions.

Paul's testimony addressed the evolution of the UW Credit Union's overdraft products, including lowering remaining overdraft/NSF fees to $5 in 2021. 

CUNA reiterated its opposition to government interventions restricting overdraft protection plans in a letter sent prior to the hearing.

Recording of hearing >>

Paul Kundert's written testimony >>
 CUNA recap of hearing >>

Jeremy Yardley Presents Domestic Violence Loan Program to Governor's Council

Last month, Gundersen Credit Union President Jeremy Yardley presented an overview of their Domestic Violence Victim Recovery Loan program during a meeting of the Financial Inclusion Committee, part  of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy and Capability. The program is a great example of how credit unions can be thoughtful and intentional in their work to include underbanked or members with unique needs.

Additionally, Gundersen Credit Union's story on their loan program is a part of the 2020 Scorecard video, which was used during the State Government Affairs Conference along with other opportunities to share stories with legislators, known as People Before Profit stories.

Share Your Stories!

Sharing thought provoking stories about how credit unions helping their members in times of need such as these allow policymakers to understand The Credit Union Difference and how credit union members impact their credit union constituents everyday.

If you have an impactful story you believe is worth telling, please consider submitting it so it may become a People Before Profit Story to help strengthen those important relationships.

Share People Before Profit Stories >>

One Week Left! SPRING Into WCULAF Fundraiser

Activists are one-fifth of the way to the $5,000 goal for WCULAF's Spring Fundraiser with five days left to donate! 
 
Spring into action with a $20 donation to WCULAF, Wisconsin credit unions’ state level political action committee and ensure that credit unions can help friendly candidates running for elected office. 

Donate >>

Play for the PAC! Golf & Bowling Registration Open

Join us on Wednesday, May 11, for a golf scramble and bowling fundraiser to benefit WCULAF*, Wisconsin credit unions' state level political action committee (PAC).

Consider putting a group together to participate in these fun fundraisers, and know your personal donation to participate is helping to ensure The Movement can support our friends running for elected office.

Participation is open to all – Convention registration not required. 

WCULAF Golf Scramble >>
WCULAF Bowling >>

Invite Legislators for Branch Tours During Financial Literacy Month!

April is Financial Literacy Month! Consider reaching out to your legislators to set up a credit union branch or in-school student-run branch tour! 
 
Branch tours give Activists the opportunity to build or strengthen relationships with policymakers, by showcasing The Credit Union Difference – in this case, credit unions’ unparalleled commitment to financial literacy.  
 
Contact Tom if you have questions or would like assistance in setting up a tour.

About The Author

Tom Harrington is the Political & Grassroots Specialist for The Wisconsin Credit Union League.