Negotiations to forestall the shuttering of 10 credit union offices in facilities of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Department continued Friday amidst a renewed industry push to get backing from lawmakers and Gov. Jay Nixon.
The Missouri Credit Union Association, which has come to the aid of the 10 small CUs and their 27 staffers, all state employees facing Sept. 30 layoffs, said it was making plans to contact the governor's office "to get some relief" to what it said was a contrived crisis.
Meanwhile, officials of the roads agency denied the plan to force the CUs out of state highway buildings and terminate the 27 employees was related solely to budget reductions and said it reflects "the fact that these are employees that have nothing to do with our mission of concentrating on transportation."
Moreover, "changing and complicated conditions in the banking industry" have prompted a new look at the dilemma of CU employees "serving two masters" CU boards and department managers who are unskilled at operating a CU, said Roberta Broeker, chief financial officer of MODOT.
The MCUA, in expressing puzzlement and outrage at the MDOT view, has stressed the financial service, benefit and value the CUs provide state employees on premise. In addition, MCUA has cited the long history and structure of single sponsor entities in Missouri and elsewhere by which salaries and expenses are paid by CUs themselves and reimbursed to sponsors.
The MDOT stance is "unconscionable" and needlessly impugns the reputation of the state employees facing the Sept. 30 ax, concluded Rosie Holub, president/ CEO of MCUA.