SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: Francesco Portelos Puts Foot in Mouth Yet Again

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Francesco Portelos Puts Foot in Mouth Yet Again

Oh geez, it's coming up to that time. The UFT elections. Here we go again.

ICE has been meeting contemplating whether or not to run in the upcoming UFT elections. Recently members of Solidarity have reached out to us hoping to form a joint slate. Most of us, including myself, were amiable to this.

At one meeting, speaking only for myself, I took the position that for any "joint slate" to move forward that Portelos cannot be involved at all, though I left room open for something for him running downslate. Even him politicking for the election did not sit well for me. But I was open. One pre-condition was for Portelos to actually show up at an ICE meeting and eat crow, mend fences, and be a mensch. But curiously, each meeting in which we were told he will be there something always came up for him at the last minute.

But the more things change the more the stay the same.

Here we go again with alternative facts and whining. I'm not well informed about Portelos' accusation about Shulman to comment. I do know that Portelos did creepily show up at his house in 2016 to whine about not getting his way. But Mike, remember this. New York State has the Castle Doctrine. But I digress. As for the second paragraph, it will be revisited later on in this post.

But bashing Arthur Goldstein? Come on. I have had my disagreements with Arthur. But to accuse him of wanting to be a Unity hack, come on.

If there is an offer for Arthur to join with Unity for HS executive board, it's fine by me and if he doesn't want to, again, it is fine by me. In fact, I hope if he is offered he takes them up on it. With Arthur on exec board I am sure he'll keep Unity's feet to the fire and teachers will continue to have a voice. Portelos, Arthur has something you want. Actually two things you want and will never have, Being on the exec board and integrity.


And being a hypocrite. Portelos, come with me down memory lane (click here).

"You miss the point. Unity is laughing at the Portelos spectacle - they know he is nuts but are happy to be using him to divide the opposition. They even brag privately how Solidarity is doing their work for them - and they also spill the beans that Portelos was asking Unity for a job and when he didn't get it he figured he could win favor by creating a caucus that could prevent MORE from winning executive board seats. Is that what the meeting with Randi was about? Play the tape."
No onto the second paragraph and this little whine from Portelos...


It is you. It is always about you. That's the way you want it. Yes, we heard the right things. "Portelos is not involved," "Portelos is too busy," "Yada, yada, yada..." But face facts. You are the face and heartbeat of Solidarity. And you love it. But even if it is not true this is the perception others have. Remember, there is no such thing as reality only perception. 

I spoke to a revered member of NA a while back. Under no circumstances will this person work with Solidarity as long as you are involved. There are many who share the same thoughts at MORE and several with ICE. Are you noticing a pattern? 

Portelos, if you truly, truly care about the welfare of teachers everywhere perhaps it is time you fall on your sword? Divest yourself of Solidarity. Ride off into the sunset and let those who are not seeking fame and glory take the reins. You have some good people at Solidarity, it's time to set them free. You are the one holding back Solidarity.

Is this about you, or is it about the teachers? 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like Arthur and Francesco. I’d like to see both of them on the EB. Arthur has a much bigger ego and temper than Francesco. I don’t know why so many dislike him or Arthur for that matter. Who cares though? I support both. I wish both success - I wouldn’t vote for Arthur or Fran if they ran under the Unity or the Nazi party though.

Peter Zucker said...

Really? And what do you base this on?

Anonymous said...

I have known Arthur for a while, and disagreed with him on many points through the political spectrum. But after getting to know him, I do not see him as having a temper, or an ego as big as that of Francesco. Arthur is focused on helping children succeed, and not his own prominence, and that is the big difference. So while I differ with Arthur on many levels, I respect him, because his heart is in the right place, even if I believe his methods would not be successful. Francesco is not about the kids, he is about himself, I believe he will run our union into the ground for his own glory, and that in the end the children of our city will suffer as a result.

Anonymous said...

So you would accepting of anyone in the opposition caucuses running with Unity? Not following what your issue here is. NAC? MORE? Shulman, Arthur or all being mentioned.

Anonymous said...

I respect both Arthur and Fran. I’d vote for both of them. Both help teachers. Pete has an obsession against Fran which is borderline psychotic. However, I wouldn’t vote for either Fran or Arthur if they ran under Unity.

Anonymous said...

Our union is not about "the kids". It is about us. I would rather have someone with a strong ego like Francesco run rather than some social justice warrior. I have a strong feeling that the next contract is going to be a nightmare with massive givebacks and an extended day/year. We need someone with serious cojones to take on the DOE when that time comes around. All the opposing caucuses need to get their shit together and put up a real fight against Mulgoon.

Anonymous said...

I agree 6:29, Francesco is a fighter. Pete has a vendetta against him and doesn’t miss an opportunity to bad mouth him. Hey Pete, I guess you prefer Mulgrew I don’t! Portelos is the best guy to run against him - btw, where has that cute Asian girl with the oversized glasses gone?

Peter Zucker said...

Dear 1:31PM (Lucio Celli)

So sad. Let's see the last time Portelos is mentioned in this blog was May 2017, 18 months ago. But let's talk obsession, shall we? How many times have you emailed Randi calling her a c**t? How many times have the US Marshalls had to show to your home for harassing a Federal judge? What of your threatening my wife? Anyway, I hope you are back on the meds. Have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

I'm also voting for Portelos instead of that social justice crap guy you mention. Portelos is the next President of the UFT ofr sure.

Anonymous said...

Who’s Lucio Celli? He didnt write that comment , I did.

Anonymous said...

The last time you wrote about Porty and Lucio was 4/13/18 in covert terms - The Clown has a schmiel

Anonymous said...

Boner alert! It's back although your readers hope this is just a hiccup.

Anonymous said...

LOL ! Peter still has that hard on for Porty!