Some of our supporters did an analysis comparing the statements of how competing credit unions feel about their members. While Arizona FCU looks down on its members, most other credit unions show an appreciation for their member-owners.
See this link to compare and contrast the excessive fees on the Arizona FCU competitor comparison fee spreadsheet. After doing so, find a credit union that does not charge a ripoff ongoing membership fee.
ARIZONA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION in 2012:
“We are not for everyone.”
Our interpretation is that Arizona FCU is arrogantly saying the $36 annual unavoidable fees will run off the members they don’t want, who are disproportionately younger, and poorer, in order to boost their short-term profits and supersize their fee income. We view this as a transfer of wealth from poorer members to richer members, as the richer members are far more likely to receive a year-end bonus, while the poorer members are far more likely only to be paying $36 in annual weasel fees, but not getting a year-end bonus in return. Are the millions Arizona Federal Credit Union has paid to Ronald Westad in salary and compensation, not enough for him? Being a credit union member should be rewarding, not punishing. Being a credit union member should be good for communities, not bad for them. Being a credit union member should help members build wealth, not have $3 sucked from their pockets on the 5th of every month.
ARIZONA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION in 2003:
“It was quickly evident to me credit unions aligned with my personal values and beliefs,” Westad recalls. “It was very easy to do things for the right reasons. “It wasn’t a matter of how much could we make or how much could we charge members. It was a question of how little could we afford to charge and remain safe and sound,” he said.
Especially since Arizona FCU is well-capitalized and thus safe and sound, there is no need to implement an ongoing unavoidable $3 monthly membership weasel fee. What happened to Ronald Westad’s personal values and beliefs, where he wanted to charge members as little as possible? Arizona FCU is already safe and sound, with a net worth ratio around 10%. Ron, you can eliminate this fee and still remain safe and sound. We are going to hold you accountable.
Now we will examine how other credit unions with branches in Arizona, all of which do not charge an unavoidable monthly membership fee, feel about their members:
AEA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – YUMA AZ
AEA FCU is dedicated to people helping people, not poorer members helping richer members through the unavoidable $3 monthly fees at Arizona FCU.
AEA Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative dedicated to people helping people
ALHAMBRA CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
Alhambra CU expresses it correctly, putting profits back into lower fees and better rates, to save their members money.
When you’re a member of Alhambra Credit Union, you’re not just a customer but part-owner of your credit union. Member assets are pooled to provide loans and other financial services to fellow members. Credit unions are not-for-profit, which means that instead of dividends going to shareholders, the profits are put back into the credit union to bring members lower fees and better rates.
ALLIANT CREDIT UNION – TEMPE AZ
Alliant CU expresses it correctly, putting profits back into lower fees and better rates, to save their members money.
As an Alliant Credit Union member, you will benefit from: High dividend payouts, much higher than from a bank. That’s because your savings account represents a share in ownership. Simply put, we are owned and operated by members. Unlike publicly-held financial institutions, Alliant is a not-for-profit cooperative, so our members are the shareholders. All income after operating expenses and reserve allocations is returned to you via higher dividends and great loan rates. So, while you have your choices of where to put your money, why not put it someplace where you’re treated like an owner?
ALTIER CREDIT UNION – TEMPE AZ
Altier CU wants to give you an exceptional value, not give you a negative value by sucking $3 from your account every month for unavoidable weasel fees that are mislabeled as membership dues.
Our mission is to provide our member-owners exceptional value and the best possible member service; offering competitively priced savings, loans and other consumer financial services.
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST CREDIT UNION – SIERRA VISTA AZ
American Southwest CU wants to give you an alternative to institutions that act like banks. American Southwest CU wants to optimize your finances, not optimize Ronald Westad’s bonus at your expense, by charging you unavoidable $3 monthly fees.
To provide an alternative to traditional banks with competitively priced services to optimize long-range success for our member-owners
ARIZONA CENTRAL CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
Arizona Central expresses it correctly, putting profits back into lower fees and better rates, to save their members money, not slap you with $3 monthly fees.
We will become the primary financial institution for members, contribute to the well-being of the community, and maintain financial strength and stability promoting sound growth and member loyalty. We will do whatever it takes to provide exceptional service and expert guidance to help our members achieve their financial success.
ARIZONA STATE CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
Arizona State expresses it correctly, putting profits back into lower fees and better rates, to save their members money, not slap you with $3 monthly fees.
We design financial products and services to yield maximum benefit to our members and the Arizona communities we serve. Profits we earn are used to the members’ advantage in the form of better rates and lower fees.
CANYON STATE CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
Canyon State expresses it correctly, putting profits back into lower fees and better rates, to save their members money, not slap you with $3 monthly fees.
As a credit union, we are a not-for-profit financial cooperative, which means we operate to serve our member-owners. This makes us quite different from other financial institutions. Our non-profit status means that we return net earnings to our members in the form of lower interest rates on loans, higher dividends on savings and lower fees. Plus, as a member-owner, you have a voice in how your financial institution is run! Our goal is to build lifetime relationships by continually expanding products and services while emphasizing financial security, quality, and convenience in an environment that values and respects members, employees and business partners.
CREDIT UNION WEST – GLENDALE AZ
Credit Union West wants to enhance your quality of life, not charge you $3 per month.
Credit Union West is an award-winning financial cooperative in Arizona with a mission to enhance quality of life. Our core principles guide our decisions ensuring integrity and trusted member service. Credit Union West offers the same services as for-profit banks, but our member-owner structure enables us to provide more benefits.
DEER VALLEY CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
Deer Valley CU wants to improve your financial well being, not milk you for $3 a month for no good reason.
The future looks bright for our credit union due to the support of our members, the openness of our field of membership, the desire to provide world-class services and our financial strength. We were created by members over 40 years ago to help improve the financial well being of our membership. We understand you have many choices when it comes to financial products. Thank you for choosing DVCU!
DESERT SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
Desert Schools FCU wants to deliver financial solutions, not milk you for $3 a month for no good reason.
…Serve as a member advocate to ensure that Desert Schools delivers effective financial solutions to people just like you.
FIRST AMERICAN CREDIT UNION – WINDOW ROCK AZ
First American CU wants to return profits in lower fees and better rates, not milk you for $3 a month for no good reason.
We actively participate in community service and treat our members like part of the family, because we’re just like you. Banks continue to demonstrate that their primary concern is profit. The primary purpose of credit unions is to provide low-cost financial services to their members. Profits are returned to the members as higher dividend yields, lower loan rates, and new services and technologies that enable the credit union to better serve its members. We offer our members all the same products and services that megabanks do, without the megabank attitude.
FIRST CREDIT UNION – TEMPE AZ
First Credit Union strives to earn member loyalty, not milk you for $3 a month for no good reason.
Credit unions exist to serve the needs of their members. Credit unions educate members about sensible money management to help improve their financial condition. This service oriented philosophy is the most significant benefit of credit union membership. Credit unions are organizations of people, not of money. Credit unions, unlike banks, are not-for-profit financial institutions. As part owners, members have the right to vote on decisions affecting the credit union. Each member has one vote. Since our humble beginnings, providing friendly and personalized service to our members has been our number one priority. We believe that growth and continued use of our services is the best measure of how well we are serving our members. We strive to earn member loyalty by demonstrating that we value the trust they have placed in us. We are committed to our established reputation of excellent service, delivery and value.
HUGHES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – TUCSON AZ
Hughes FCU wants to return profits in lower fees and better rates, not milk you for $3 a month for no good reason.
We are owned and operated by our members, so all profits are returned to the members in the form of lower loan rates, higher dividends on deposits, low or no fees, and additional services.
MARISOL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
Marisol FCU wants to serve all, not just the richer members, and not milk you for a forced $3 “donation” for no good reason.
Our mission is to deliver high quality member services that meet the financial needs of our members while maintaining a strong financial condition. As a financial cooperative, we leverage our members’ resources to directly benefit them and the communities in which they live. MariSol Federal Credit Union is committed to financial inclusion and empowerment by expanding access to affordable and equitable financial services for all. Credit Unions were enacted under the same idea used by our forefathers, “by the people and for the people”. A Credit Union is a “financial cooperative”, which basically means a financial institution owned by its customers (members). Banks may have more products to offer to millionaires, but if you are like most people, you are not looking to spend a bunch of money. You tell us what you want and we listen! So basically, you can either reap the benefits of becoming a CU style member or donate your money to a bank. You decide…
NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Navy FCU wants to perform with such excellence, that you will like and choose them.
Navy Federal Credit Union will perform with such excellence that all present and potential members will choose Navy Federal as their primary financial institution.
PIMA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – TUCSON AZ
Pima FCU wants to be responsible to you and treat you like an owner, without excessive fees.
Pima Federal Credit Union is a place where people have come together to live their dreams. Our members have united their assets to help each other by providing loans and other financial services. We are very different from a traditional bank. Pima Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit organization that doesn’t answer to stockholders. We are responsible to and serve only our members, like you. As a member of Pima Federal Credit Union, you’re not just a member. You are an owner, and we treat you like one. You can rely on us to recommend products and services that truly meet your financial needs, without excessive fees and interest rates. So no matter what your financial goals are, come see us. We’d love to lend a hand.
PINAL COUNTY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – CASA GRANDE AZ
Pinal County FCU wants to treat you courteously, be fair with you. They appreciate your loyalty.
The Pinal County Federal Credit Union shall endeavor to meet the financial needs of its members (who are the owners of the credit union) in a friendly and courteous manner, provide the highest dividends possible, grant loans on a fair and equal basis, provide financial guidance, inform members of services and continue to seek ways to meet other future financial needs while ensuring positive growth and profitability. Thank you for your continued support. We recognize and appreciate your loyalty through the years. We are honored with the opportunity to serve you
PYRAMID FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – TUCSON AZ
Pyramid FCU wants to look out for you, not do something that won’t benefit you, like charging needless $3 monthly fees.
Pyramid FCU is a not for profit organization. Any profits made by the credit union after all of the expenses are paid are returned to members in the form of dividends and low loan rates or set aside to help the credit union remain financially strong. Pyramid FCU is always looking out for the best interest of our members. We don’t look for ways to sell you into something that won’t benefit you and help you improve your financial life.
SAN TAN CREDIT UNION – CHANDLER AZ
San Tan CU wants you to profit, not lose by being charged a $3 monthly weasel fee.
Being a member of San Tan Credit Union means you are a partial owner. With a vote and a voice in the daily activities. “Member owned and operated” means you profit through more benefits and advantages than other types of financial institutions.
SUNWEST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – PHOENIX AZ
SunWest gets it right, making it simple and easy to do business with them. They say you shouldn’t have to pay a monthly service fee. What a refreshing attitude, unlike the misguided Arizona FCU who arrogantly thinks you should pay an unavoidable $3 monthly fee!
Checking accounts should be simple. You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to access your funds, and you shouldn’t have to pay a monthly service fee. At SunWest, our checking accounts are just that – simple. No monthly service fees, no minimum balances and a Visa debit card with no annual fee. Plus, you can get your debit card the same day!
TSCU – TEMPE SCHOOLS CREDIT UNION – TEMPE AZ
Tempe Schools knows a credit union should be people helping people, not hurting them with needless $3 monthly weasel fees.
People helping people is what Tempe Schools Credit Union is all about. As a valued member and co-owner in our financial family, your needs are our first priority. TSCU is a not-for-profit, financial cooperative which means we can offer members the highest yields on savings accounts and the lowest rates on loans. All earnings are returned to you, the members, in the form of dividends, lower loan rates, lower fees, and better services. There is no waiting period for loans, VISA, checking accounts, or any of our other services. Join us today. You’ll be amazed at the difference membership makes!
TRUWEST CREDIT UNION – SCOTTSDALE AZ
Truwest has a great description of how the fee schedule should be designed. This shows great respect and consideration for members. Instead of charging all members a $3 monthly fee, as does Arizona FCU which insults members by saying fees are good for them, TruWest gets it right. TruWest feels that members should be charged only for the services they use. Fees should not be used to force-feed services that many members don’t want such as ID Theft protection or car/insurance buying services. Fees should be used to influence negative behavior, such as overdrawing accounts. In contrast, Arizona Federal Credit Union thinks the poorer members should subsidize the richer members, since the poorer members must pay $3 per month in weasel fees, but do not receive commensurate loyalty bonus rewards as the richer members receive. TruWest offers options to avoid fees, instead of punishing you for being a member as Arizona Federal punishes the poorest members the most, trying to run them off.
In regards to fees, TruWest believes that the entire membership should not finance the costs of products or services that only a small portion of the membership uses. Fees are intended to offset the costs associated with a product or service, not to increase the Credit Union’s income. TruWest uses fees to influence member behavior patterns and product selection. Fees are also used to reduce adverse and costly member practices, such as routinely writing checks against insufficient funds. TruWest’s fee programs are designed in such a way that the membership can employ fee “avoidance” or fee “alternative” techniques.
TUCSON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – TUCSON AZ
We find it admirable, that Tucson FCU mentions their goal is including people of modest means. In contrast, Arizona FCU has turned their back on the poorer members with their bad attitude of “we are not for everyone.”
Credit unions exist to help people, not make a profit. Our goal is to serve all of our members well, including those of modest means – every member counts.
TUCSON OLD PUEBLO CREDIT UNION – TUCSON AZ
Tucson Old Pueblo CU wants you to be mutually profitable, not stick it to you with an unavoidable $3 monthly weasel fee.
Be a mutually profitable and growing institution to better serve the financial needs of our members. deliver exceptional service to our members
VANTAGE WEST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION – TUCSON AZ
Vantage West Credit Union wants to work in your best interest, to treat you with respect.
The Board of Directors sets credit union policies and maintains the best interests of its member/owners. At Vantage West Credit Union, we strive every day to treat our members/owners with the highest level of service and respect. To better help us exceed your expectations, we welcome your suggestions.