Unitus Community Credit Union in Portland, Ore., pledged Tuesday to keep offering free checking and free online services such as bill pay even as many banking companies are starting to charge fees for the services.

"Free checking and free online bill pay are important benefits to our members and we plan to continue both regardless of other changes in the marketplace," Patricia Smith, the president of the $840 million-asset credit union, said in a press release.

"People may not know that most of them can become members of credit unions if they live or work in any of the counties serviced by the credit union," she added.

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