Thursday, June 10, 2010

Protect Your Credit Union Debit Card - Act Now!

Please help to oppose legislation now being considered by Congress that will have a negative effect on your Credit Union and its members. A new bill now being considered in Congress could limit how you use your Pen Air debit card.

Please join Pen Air Federal Credit Union and take action to oppose the Senate Interchange Amendment or any reform bill that includes changes to the card payment system. Visit where you can enter your zip code and send an E-mail directly to your elected leaders. Or, call the numbers listed at the bottom of this letter.

The proposed bill favors big banks over small credit unions by limiting the amount of fees (interchange) that merchants pay when customers use a debit card. This bill could allow big, national retailers to pick and choose which debit cards to accept, and limit when and where you can use your card.

Credit unions offer debit cards as a free benefit to their members. It costs a great deal of money to offer these cards, including the cost of absorbing fraud losses, providing member service support, and making and sending the cards. The interchange fees we receive from retail stores helps us cover those costs and earn a reasonable return for our members. This proposed bill would give an advantage to the big, national banks at the expense of credit unions and community banks that would be forced to raise fees for card services – or stop offering debit and credit cards altogether.

There is still time to stop this punitive law from being passed. With the help of our credit union members, we can make our voices heard in Washington and preserve the benefits that come from belonging to a financial cooperative where members help each other.

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