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NCUA Employees Get Ballots For Union Vote

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-NCUA has reached an agreement with the National Treasury Employees Union on the parameters of a vote on whether agency employees will organize a union under the auspices of the NTEU. Under the deal, NCUA will send out ballots to about 780 of its 934 employees on May 24 and employees will have 30 days to submit their votes. The ballots will be tallied June 30. Notices will be posted in each of NCUA's offices of the union election.

Ardent CU Opponent Out Of Utah Gov. Race

SALT LAKE CITY-An outspoken credit union antagonist who had been running for governor of Utah is out of the race. Marty Stephens, State Speaker of the House and a former executive with Zions Bank, was not among the two candidates selected at the Utah Republican convention to run for governor. Instead, delegates have chosen former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Jon Huntsman Jr. and Board of Regents chairman Nolan Karras. A June 22 primary will determine whether Huntsman or Karras will face Democratic nominee Scott Matheson, Jr. The Utah league had opposed Stephens' run.

Murder At CU Leads To New Bill In Congress

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-A bill introduced in Congress would expand current law and make it a crime for anyone to misuse law enforcement uniforms, patches and other insignia in the commission of a crime. The proposal was spurred by last August's armed robbery at Xerox FCU when a man wearing an FBI jacket and displaying a U.S. Marshall's badge robbed the credit union and shot two members, one fatally. The killer is still at large. "We must be able to trust the uniforms and badges that identify (law enforcement officers)," said Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) the bill's chief sponsor. The bill, the Badge and Uniform Security Trustworthiness Act, would expand on existing law that makes it illegal to use a genuine or counterfeit law enforcement badge for illegal purposes by replacing the word "badge" with "public safety officer insignia or article of clothing."

Student Hits Jackpot At SIUCU

CARBONDALE, Ill.-A junior at Southern Illinois University here hit it big at her local credit union, SIUCU. Ashely Wade, a 20-year-old major in zoology and animal science, held the winning number in the $100,000 lottery sponsored by Clear Channel Communications. Wade had deposited her name last month in one of the contest boxes at the credit union, a participant in the monthly drawing. As an advertiser with Clear Channel, the credit union pays a small monthly fee to participate in the contest.

North Island Seen At PETCO

SAN DIEGO-The name and brand of North Island CU has become a fixture at PETCO Park, the new home of major league baseball's San Diego Padres. The $1.3-billion credit union has placed ads on a series of mini-scoreboards in the new ballpark, purchased a sidewalk paver for display outside the stadium, and placed full-page ads in the team's 2004 yearbook. The new stadium is named for PETCO Animal Supplies, a San Diego-based pet supplies retailer that has a 22-year sponsorship deal with the baseball team.

2 Tampa CUs In Home Project

TAMPA, Fla.-Two billion-dollar CUs have formed a new CUSO to help low- and moderate-income residents finance home purchases or construction. CU Housing Partners, a joint venture between GTE FCU and Suncoast Schools FCU was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from the National CU Foundation to help finance start-up and administrative costs. The project will initially focus on east Tampa, a low-income part of the city, according to Bucky Sebastian, president of the $1.6 billion GTE FCU. "We're really excited about. We think we can do a lot of good," he told The Credit Union Journal.

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