MADISON, Wis. (10/28/13)--A ceremony highlighting credit unions'
| Those participating in the credit union ceremony honoring military servicemembers employment rights include: (back row, from left) Tom Thomas (ESGR), Christopher Morris (National CU Foundation), Brigadier General John McCoy (Wisconsin Air National Guard), Robin Marohn (Heartland CU), Mike Williams (ESGR), Lora Denniston (Dane County CU), Chad Helminak (Wisconsin CU League); and (front row, from left) Cassie Thom (St. Mary's & Affiliates CU), Michele Lehmann (St. Mary's & Affiliates CU), Dave Stark (Bull's Eye CU), Brett Thompson (Wisconsin CU League), Anita Rauch (Heritage CU), Heather Ristow (Heritage CU), Janet Brereton (Dane County CU). (Wisconsin Credit Union League Photo)|
commitment to supporting the rights of National Guard and Reserve employees--as well as the signing of statements of support for the guard and reserve members--was held Oct. 22 by the Wisconsin Credit Union League.
The ceremony, held at Credit Union House in Madison, included credit union leaders from throughout Wisconsin, military leaders, and representatives of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR is an office of the U.S. Department of Defense. It was established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers.
Two statements of support were signed by the Wisconsin league at the event: One on behalf of the league itself, the other on behalf of all credit unions in the Badger State.
"Since their inception, credit unions have valued the service of the men and women who are committed to protecting our country," said Brett Thompson, president/CEO of the Wisconsin Credit Union League. "In working with ESGR, we proudly reaffirm our collective support for military personnel's workplace rights and employment in Wisconsin."
The support statements reinforce existing laws under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which are intended to protect servicemembers' re-employment rights when returning from a period of uniformed service, including those called up from the reserves or National Guard, and prohibits employer discrimination based on military service or obligation.
The support statements exhibit appreciation for the values, leadership and unique skills guard and reserve members bring to the workforce.
"We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employ Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans," the support statement reads, in part.
Following the ceremony, framed copies of the signed ESGR Statement of Support were made available to credit unions for display.