This article is from the Natl Writers Union FAQ, by Vicki Richman email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
No, no. We never rig our elections. We don't have to. Nobody
has dared to run against our President in our history.
Nobody, that is, until the summer of 1999, when Miryam
Williamson (Western New England), representing the RenewNWU
party, challenged the nine-year incumbent, Jonathan Tasini
(New York), representing the Leadership for Writing Power
Tasini defeated Williamson by about 58% to 42%.
Apart from the excitement and tension of our first major
personality contest, we have always had heated and close
ballots for policy issues, like raising the dues, paying
salaries to officers, and funding the Diversity Committee.
Once again, in the summer of 1999, members will vote on
whether to increase their own dues.
Earlier opposition to increasing the dues has been the
regressive nature of the proposals. While paying less,
impoverished members saw their dues increase at a greater
rate than wealthy members. The current proposal corrects
Approving the proposal, the membership voted to raise the
lowest rates by about 5% and the highest by about 8%.