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CU System briefs (05/20/2008)
* MADISON, Wis. (5/21/08)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is weighing its options about appealing a decision by a Madison, Wis., employment commission over an action brought against the association by a former employee. The action was brought over allegations by the former employee of discrimination and retaliation by CUNA toward the employee. In an "interim order" issued by a hearing examiner of the Madison Employment Opportunities Commission (MEOC), CUNA is directed to reach an agreement with the former employee for back pay, benefits, expenses and a judgment of $75,000 for damages. CUNA is studying the interim decision to determine its next steps. Meanwhile, in a statement, CUNA said it "strongly disagrees" with the decision, and reiterated that "CUNA does not discriminate or retaliate against any of its employees under any circumstances, and did not do so in the case at issue" … * SOUTH BEND, Ind. (5/21/08)--Two teens, ages 15 and 16, were apprehended with 25 minutes of an attempted robbery of a South Bend credit union Monday morning. At about 10:13 a.m., the suspects allegedly each gave a note demanding money to separate tellers, said South Bend Police. However, the tellers alerted police. After waiting a bit, the boys left. One teen was caught in the parking lot with help from a police dog. The other was tracked to a dumpster. One of the suspects was treated for a dog bite. No weapons were found, and no money was taken, police said (South Bend Tribune May 19) … * COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (5/21/08)--Lois Carlock, education and event manager at Colorado Springs-based Ent FCU tries out one of the 200 cell phones the credit union collected from its employees and members. The cell phones will be donated to a local agency, TESSA, which offers prevention, intervention and treatment services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. TESSA reprograms the old cell phones for its clients so that women have a means to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. (Photo provided by Ent FCU) … * LARGO, Md. (5/21/08)--Employees of Prince George's Community FCU joined local law enforcement agencies in a Buckle Up for a Buck campaign May 9 and yesterday at an intersection in Largo (Focus Newsletter May 19). They distributed $1 to drivers who had all occupants buckled up. Those riding unrestrained received educational materials about the effectiveness of seat belts and child safety seats in saving lives and reducing injuries. The group gave out a combined $466 to motorists wearing seat belts. The credit union attached information about the credit union to the dollar bills. Agencies involved included the Prince George's Highway Safety Office and the Maryland National Capital Park Police-Prince George's County. (Photo provided by Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association) … * INDIANAPOLIS (5/21/08)--Charles Carr Comptom, a former executive with the international operations of CUNA Mutual Insurance Society in Madison, Wis., died May 17 in Indianapolis. He was 88. Compton worked in 59 countries with various international organizations. He was on the faculty of what was then called CUNA School for Credit Union Personnel at the University of Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife Shirley, two children and four grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday (Indianapolis Star May 18) …


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