Credit Unions cannot, under any circumstances cost taxpayers money. Not only will this jeopardize our tax exempt status and separate insurance fund it is absolutely in oppositon of the seven principles of cooperatives, which we hope to remain, a financial cooperative.
Credit Unions were offered taxpayer money after the Great Depression and although Edward Filene was in favor of it, Roy Bergengren (first president of CUNA) opposed it saying
(a quote from CUNA’s website):
“To him, it meant destroying the vital principle of the whole movement by converting a community enterprise into an agency of the government. To teach people how to help themselves was more important by far in times of depression than at any other time.”
That’s what we HAVE to do. Figure out a way to help each other. I understand that many credit unions in the California and Nevada Leagues’ (your former employer) membership are hurting. One solution, of course is merger and another would be for them to convert to a Mutual Savings Bank to gain easy access to TARP.
CUNA’s National Brand Campaign states “Where People are Worth More Than Money.”
If we take TAXPAYER money to bail out a few COOPERATIVES what does that say about CUNA?
Credit Unions celebrated their 100th birthday recently, I for one am proud to have devoted the last 28 years of my life to furthering the movement. I’d hate to see your name in the history books as the one that helped destroy it.