Credit Union issues incentive checks to employees

DAYTON, Ohio — There was an 8.5% price increase for things like gas and food from July 2021 to 2022, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index. And while it’s down 0.5% from June, it’s still making it harder to afford essential items.

Shopping and refueling has been a challenge for lately Wright-Patt Credit Union collaborator Norma Lecaros. As of Monday, Ohio gas prices are up 70 cents from around this time last year AAA.

What you need to know

  • Nearly 1,200 Wright-Patt Credit Union employees received $500 affiliate employee incentive checks
  • This check helps employees pay for things like gas, groceries and medical expenses
  • Wright-Patt Credit Union invested $600,000 in the initiative

“Every time I put gas in my car, I spend at least about $10 more,” Lecaros said.

An extra $10 is still more than she budgeted to pay for gas.

“I think a bit every two weeks or every week if you put [gas in the car] that prices will come down a little bit,” she said.

That’s why Wright-Patt Credit Union has stepped up to help workers like Lecaros. Through a $600,000 investment, it recently gave nearly 1,200 employees a $500 partner-employee incentive check.

“At first I didn’t think it was true until someone said it, but when we got the email letting us know, I thought ‘wow,'” Lecaros said.

Now that she had extra money in her pocket, Lecaros decided to spend it on her son.

“I thought I’d give him something or buy him something or do something for him,” she said. “I threw a graduation party for him and that helped to get decorations and things that we got for his graduation party.”

Wright-Patt Credit Union President and CEO Tim Mislansky said he enjoys helping employees through these trying times, and it’s something he says is not only rewarding, but important.

“We know that our employees may be struggling, with rising costs at the gas station, or at the supermarket, or just in general,” he said. “So if the credit union is doing well and its members are doing well, we always want to take good care of our employees.”

While this was just a one-time payment to employees, Lecaros said she is very grateful.

“Now we can use it for something we wanted to buy, but at the same time it’s like I don’t have the money,” she said. “But if you get a bonus like that, it helps a lot.”

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