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WITHHOLDING OF DUES MAY KILL UNITED WAY

United Way of America may go under unless its local affiliates hand over at least some of the dues they're withholding in protest, the organization's acting president warns.

Many of the 1,400 United Way affiliates around the country have withheld dues from the nation's largest charity to protest the $463,000 in annual salary and benefits given former president William Aramony.Interim President Kenneth Dam on Sunday told a national conference of local representatives that the organization has no cash reserve and is having trouble meeting the payroll.

"I may have to preside over the dismantling of United Way of America," he said.

Aramony resigned and was removed from the payroll March 16 after it was reported that he rode in chauffeured limousines and traveled on the supersonic Concorde at United Way expense.