An open letter to the U.S. Congress

New Bill to Pay Front line worker's student loans or higher education costs

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Retail Bankers should be designated as essential employees I am monitoring the news and have yet to read an article or a proposed bill that doesn't overlook the "essential" work of retail credit union and bank employees. These workers (myself included) meet face to face with customers with little or no appreciation from the press or government officials. It's clear that the responsibility to handle cash and check transactions with the public is inherently hazardous and essential for Americans to buy "food and beverages" included in the bill. There has been substantial coverage regarding when eligible individuals will receive their economic impact checks and yet no concern for the credit union or bank employee's roll to process them. I have heard bank branches dismissed because "everyone banks online" which is a misguided perception as wait times can be 1-1.5 hours long. Millions of Americans do not start stimulating the economy until they visit their local bank to cash the check or request a withdrawal from their direct deposit. This is a crucial step in the process for the purchase of essentials. Retail credit union and bank employees are essential and should be included in the new bill to pay front line workers student loans or higher education costs. Thank you for your consideration.

First sent on May 11, 2020 by Maureen

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