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Keith Mestrich

President & CEO

Keith joined the bank in 2012 after serving four years as the CFO of SEIU. A 25-year veteran of the labor movement with Workers United, UNITE HERE, UNITE and AFL-CIO, his three decades of experience in the financial sector, assisting the bank’s core constituencies in labor, non-profits, political organizations, and issue-advocacy, made him a natural fit as Director of Amalgamated’s Washington region. Since his appointment to CEO in 2014, Keith has spearheaded initiatives to underscore the bank’s mission, including support of a $15 minimum wage (and raising the bank's minimum wage to $15), acceptance of IDNYC as a primary form of ID, and certification as a B Corp. In 2017, Keith guided Amalgamated’s acquisition of San Francisco-based New Resource Bank, creating the largest U.S. values-based bank. Click here to read more about Keith Mestrich.

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Last week was quite a week for our country, and not in a good way. It was a week the likes of which I hope we never see again. It was characterized by way too much hate, much of which hit far too close to home and left many with an unsettling feeling about our current state of national affairs.

Labor Day has lost its identity. What used to be a day that celebrated workers and their fight for shorter hours, higher pay and safer working conditions has become one that is spent rummaging through sales in big box stores where minimum wage employees are forced to work on the one day that was created to honor them.

Recently, Amalgamated Bank enjoyed a banner day. Our brand was prominently displayed in the heart of Times Square, employees pointed out colleagues who appeared live on Bloomberg and CNBC and the NASDAQ floor was bustling with Amalgamated Bank veterans, board members and countless others who were in attendance to witness history as the bank went public.

This week the Supreme Court ruled that public employees do not have to pay fees to cover the costs of the unions that collectively bargain on their behalf. This week the Supreme Court ruled that public employees do not have to pay fees to cover the costs of the unions that collectively bargain on their behalf.

If you have a deposit account, loan or investment account with one of the mainstream banks, it’s entirely possible that you’re supporting the manufacture or distribution of guns without even realizing it.