ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/1/13)--The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) held a "Don't Tax My Credit Union Phone Blitz" on Thursday. The event was designed to build additional momentum for the Don't Tax My Credit Union campaign.
To prepare for the blitz, MnCUN contacted all Minnesota credit unions and urged them to have a designated phone for employees and members to call from, or to have employees make calls from their personal desk extensions to members of Congress throughout the day. Minnesota credit unions used the Credit Union National Association dedicated phone number to make the connections.
"It was a fresh, new way for us to keep credit union employees and members engaged and connected with their members of Congress on this critical issue," said Mara Humphrey, MnCUN vice president of public affairs. "The phone effort was an incredibly effective, personal appeal that reinforced all of the other advocacy efforts we're leading to protect the credit union tax status."
Minnesota's 10 congressional offices, including both U.S. senators and eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives, received nearly 800 calls during the blitz--nearly three times as many phone calls as were generated in the three months prior to Sept. 26. The call total adds to the more than 16,000 e-mails, postcards and letters already generated through the campaign by Minnesota credit unions.
Removing barriers and raising awareness about the value of credit unions to members and communities are among the tenants supporting CUNA's and the leagues' Unite for Good campaign to rally credit unions toward the strategic vision where Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner.
League communicators are also rallying around CUNA's Don't Tax My Credit Union initiative, with many planning to participate in a virtual rally Wednesday to urge members of Congress to keep credit unions' tax status.
CUNA is expecting tens of thousands of supporters to be in virtual attendance for the rally, and an accompanying physical rally at Credit Union House in Washington, D.C., between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (ET). The credit union house event will be live streamed at www.DontTaxMyCreditUnion.org.