United Teachers of Dade President Karen Aronowitz is announcing Monday that she will not seek a fourth term at the helm of the union, which represents some 21,000 teachers and 11,000 other school employees in Miami-Dade.
Deciding that “eight years in office is long enough,” Aronowitz is clearing the way for a new leader to take over in February.
“I’m proud of what we have done together: the way we restored democracy and financial stability to the union; what we have accomplished for members; and the promotion of our belief in what this union can accomplish as we move forward,” Aronowitz wrote in a letter to teachers and employees.
Her departure will mark the biggest change in the union’s leadership since the fall of union boss Pat Tornillo. He ran the union for four decades until a Miami Herald investigation revealed he financed a lavish lifestyle with union dues and a federal prosecution put him in prison.