Mayoral Term Limits in New York City Under Scrutiny

By Stephen Sawchuk — October 02, 2008 1 min read
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to try for a third term in office.

American Federation of Teachers/United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten responds:

“Personally, I have always been opposed to term limits, as has this union. I am also, as are so many people, very concerned about the economy, and I am grateful the mayor is willing to step up. That said, I am very concerned, given that New Yorkers have twice spoken about this issue in referendums, and because of that, I think the most democratic way to change term limits is to go back to the people.”

It seems pretty mild given the number of disagreements between Weingarten and the duo of Bloomberg and his schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein. On the other hand, AFT itself has no term limits, so this is a delicate balancing act for the union leader.

Anyone know the last time AFT put the issue of term limits to its own members for a vote?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.