Recent Branch Vandalism

Repairs underway, lobby service remains suspended

 

The UW Credit Union Sign at the State Street Madison, WI branch.

The UW Credit Union branch located at 44 E. Mifflin St. (Capitol Square) is among several Madison businesses that were vandalized in the early hours of August 25, 2020. This branch is temporarily closed; ATM access will be limited to Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please check our website for a listing of alternative branch and ATM locations.

Our branch at 662 State Street remains temporarily closed as well, as a result of vandalism sustained during the civil unrest this past June. This closure includes the State Street ATM.

We look forward to re-opening these impacted locations once repairs are complete and as conditions permit. Branch employees will continue to be employed, and temporarily reassigned to other locations.

From UW Credit Union President & CEO Paul Kundert

“We stand in support of our black employees, members, and neighbors, said UW Credit Union President & CEO Paul Kundert. “We recognize that recent protests seek to bring awareness to the prevalence of racism and the injustice suffered by so many. We respect all community members’ right to be heard, as well as those who put on a uniform to protect our city honorably and equitably. On behalf of UW Credit Union, please know that we see you, we hear you and we’re listening.”

If you or someone you know wishes to connect with us directly, you may do so at president@uwcu.org

What is UW Credit Union doing to be a positive force for change:

While physical property can be repaired, we recognize that emotional repairs, specifically to systemic issues like racism that have plagued our nation for generations, require more complex solutions. UW Credit Union seeks to be a part of that change.

How?

  • Lead by example. Change starts at the top. Racial and gender diversity is a primary focus for the UW Credit Union Board of Directors and is something that prompted the leadership team to create a Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) position. UW Credit Union welcomed Sheila Milton to the team last fall to lead those efforts and help eliminate racial bias. Sheila is partnering with our senior leaders, human resources, talent development and talent acquisition, looking at it all through a DEI lens. Just last month Sheila addressed DEI as an “ongoing journey” in this podcast.
  • Give. As an organization, we are always looking for ways to give back to the community. In addition to regular donations to partners like the United Way and The Boys and Girls Club to help provide people of color access to education and jobs we recently invested in a new Center of Excellence for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (led by Filene). Last month, we provided a $20,000 grant to The Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness to close their COVID-19 Relief Fund goal and raised another $10,000 for the United Way to bolster long-term COVID-19 recovery plans in Madison and Milwaukee.
  • Educate and Inform. All UW Credit Union managers and staff receive training on bias in the workplace. UW Credit Union also encourages employees to consider joining Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), such as the Black Excellence Group, to support each other and increase understanding.
  • Engage. UW Credit Union is actively recruiting new employees from communities of color. We regularly welcome new employees from community programs that provide jobs skills training to people of color.

Additionally, UW Credit Union avoids any business practices that exploit the working poor, and disproportionately impact people of color.

  • No overdraft fees on debit card use for any checking account
  • Overdraft-free checking account options
  • No interest rate mark-ups by dealers for auto loans
  • Implemented living wage ($15.75 minimum wage)

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