Chuck Bruen's letter [Oct. 12, page 30] prompted by the announcement of Technology Credit Union's intention to convert to a thrift charter, made a number of excellent points and should be thoughtfully considered by all credit union executives and trade groups. The decision of whether to seek a charter change is vested in the board of directors and the members of the credit union. As Bruen  said, "Messing with any credit union's internal governance affairs is an ugly business and is not proper behavior for a trade association or other misguided outside groups." 

Many credit unions and certainly the trade groups believe that because a credit union changes its charter that it will change its philosophy of serving its members or customers or its rates will change merely because of the conversion (as compared to the impact of the market). As an attorney who has counseled more than a dozen credit unions through the process since 1996, including Kaiser Permanente Federal Credit Union to Kaiser Federal Bank, I can tell you that philosophy doesn't change since I continue to represent them as savings banks. For example, Kaiser Federal Bank still heavily focuses on the employees of the Kaiser Health Care system and like many of my former credit unions, still thinks of them as members.

My advice to credit unions is simply to do your due diligence and get both sides of the story. Relying on the material produced by the trade groups or a regulator as your sole source of information is misplaced. 

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical information including comprehensive product and service provider listings via the Marketplace Directory, CU Careers, resources from industry leaders, webcasts, and breaking news, analysis and more with our informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and CU Times events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.