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CU System briefs (06/02/2009)
* GADSDEN, Ala. (6/3/09)--Employees at three Etowah County branches of Gadsden, Ala.-based Community CU have gone on strike with the United Steel Workers Local 12. The strike began Monday (The Gadsden Times June 1). One branch on Albert Rains Boulevard will be closed temporarily because of negotiations. Employees picketed the main branch in Alabama City and the Rainbow City branch. Mike Morris, president of the $214 million asset credit union, told the publication that terms of the negotiations cannot be discussed publicly. He urged members to be patient and said he hoped the strike wouldn't last long. Employees from other branches outside of Etowah County and who not striking are working at the two open branches … * ST. LOUIS (6/3/09)--Canine crusaders at Arsenal CU springing into
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action on behalf of pets included the $127.3 million asset credit union's kids club mascot, Tracker the bassett hound, and employees. On May 16, the credit union's team of employees, financially supported by co-workers, family members and friends, helped raise funds for the Humane Society of Missouri's Dr. Doolittle Fund, which finances routine veterinary-medical care for homeless pets so they can be placed for adoption. The "Bark in the Park" event was held at Forest Park in St. Louis. Tracker was featured in a news report that aired on local NBC affiliate KSDK Channel 5. (Photo provided by the Humane Society of Missouri) … * SANTA ROSA, Calif. (6/3/09)--Redwood CU (RCU), based in Santa
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Rosa, partnered with the Blood Bank of the Redwoods for a blood drive at 10 locations in one week. They counted 204 donors, who gave 163 pints of blood, which has the potential to save 489 lives. Locations were Santa Rosa, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Petaluma, San Rafael, Novato, Point Arena, Ukiah, Cloverdale and Napa. Other RCU locations partnered with local businesses to hold the drives at their locations. RCU serves 145,000 members with $1.8 billion in assets. (Photo provided by Redwood CU) … * HAMILTON, Ohio (6/3/09)--Scott Edward Hester, 44, was taken into custody Monday after being on the lam since a May 27 robbery at a branch of AurGroup Financial CU, based in Fairfield, Ohio. He was considered armed and dangerous, and the incident caused evacuations and a lockdown of an elementary school. After being cornered at a residence, Hester refused to surrender, and a special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team used tear gas to capture him. Hester is charged with two aggravated robberies with a gun specification--at the credit union robbery and at a convenience store (Cox News Service June 1) … * ALBANY, N.Y. (6/3/09)--Kenneth J. Bopp, a member of Capital Communications FCU's board, died Friday in Albany at the age of 77. Through the years, Bopp served as a consultant for the Credit Union Association of New York; as branch manager of (GE) Silicone Employees FCU, Selkirk; and as president of both First Prize FCU and the Capital credit union chapter. He also was chairman of the board at Excelsior CU. "The association notes with sadness the passing of Ken Bopp," said William J. Mellin, president/CEO of Credit Union Association of New York. He added Bopp "was always ready and able to act on behalf of the credit unions of New York State…." Bopp is survived by his wife, three sons, one daughter, and 11 grandchildren …


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