UPDATED June 6 2013 -Big Arbitration Win for School Community IGNORED BY DOE

JUNE 7 2013 – UPDATE ON THE BOTTOM IN RED

As most of you may know, I have been strongly advocating for the students and staff at my community school, Berta Dreyfus IS 49, for quite some time now. A handful of NYC Department of Education employees have been trying everything to prevent me from doing so. Imagine that…people with the responsibility to ensure the safety and education of young children have been throwing barriers in the way of a parent/educator who wants to help.

It took awhile, but see the below arbitration decision that just came in May 31, 2013. It basically states that the DOE has violated the UFT contract, and even their own regulations, when they attempted to prevent me from acting in my capacity as the elected chapter leader. This is a big win for the 91 members at the school as well as the children they serve. Thanks to John Torres who represented me at the grievance back in November as well as David Campbell and Michelle Daniels who I left at the arbitration to run and depose former NYC DOE HR Director Andrew Gordon.

Let’s pay close attention to how the department will react to this. If they follow their past track record, they will try to continue to be divisive. Children last?

Portelos Arbitration Decision Case 13 390 00871 13_Page_1

Portelos Arbitration Decision Case 13 390 00871 13_Page_2

Portelos Arbitration Decision Case 13 390 00871 13_Page_3

 

 

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As per DOE Labor Relations Director David Brodsky, esq, they are interpreting this arbitration as being void now because I received charges. This guy has been single handedly making horrible decisions affecting our whole school community for over a year now.

David Brodsky DOE Director of OLR

David Brodsky DOE Director of OLR

RESPONSE FROM PRINCIPAL LINDA HILL. THE FIRST EMAIL SHE HAS SENT THE CHAPTER LEADER SINCE JUNE 8TH OF 2012.

From: Hill Linda (31r049) <LHill2@schools.nyc.gov>
Date: Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 1:50 PM
Subject: RE: Attending IS 49 SLT Today
To: Francesco Portelos <fportelos@gmail.com>
Cc: cjmom143@aol.com, epietromonaco@uft.org, “Trombetta Victoria (31R049)” <VTrombe@schools.nyc.gov>, Greenfield Robin <RGreenf@schools.nyc.gov>, ARoss@uft.org, Claudio Erminia <eclaudi@schools.nyc.gov>, Vazquez Marisol <MVazquez16@schools.nyc.gov>, Cec31 D31 <CEC31@schools.nyc.gov>, “Singer Robin F.” <RSinger4@schools.nyc.gov>, Jackson-Chase Courtenaye <CJackson-Chase@schools.nyc.gov>, “Rodi Katherine G.” <KRodi@schools.nyc.gov>, cecsam@earthlink.net, Walcott Dennis M <DMWalcott@schools.nyc.gov>, “Rotkowitz Sean (31R060)” <SRotkow@schools.nyc.gov>, Mckeon Jean <JMckeon3@schools.nyc.gov>

Mr. Portelos,

You’ve been charged pursuant to Education Law 3020-a and are not permitted to participate in the SLT meeting.  In the decision, the Arbitrator notes that, “No charges have been brought against him to date nor any other action been taken.”  However, since the hearing, action has been taken: you have been charged under 3020-a.  The Arbitrator did not consider the effect of your being charged on your ability to participate and, as such, cannot be read to apply to your changed circumstances.  

Sincerely,
Linda V. Hill
Principal,  IS 49
tel. 718 727 6040
fax. 718 876 8207
welearnandgrowtogether.com <—–CLICK THE LINK HERE THAT I AM BEING CHARGED WITH. I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE STILL USES THIS.

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AND IN A VERY WELL PLANNED  BUMP, SET AND SPIKE THE FOLLOWING HAPPENED DURING A MEETING AT SCHOOL YESTERDAY WHEN DISCUSSING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW TEACHER EVALUATION COMMITTEE.

TEXTS FROM STAFF DURING PRINCIPAL’S SPEECH

Different texts from staff at IS 49

Different texts from staff at IS 49

PRINCIPAL HILL NOT ONLY STATED SHE WON’T MEET WITH ME, BUT THEN FOLLOWED UP WITH DISCUSSING A PETITION TO RECALL ME. UNION BUSTING?

Then the next day this leaflet appeared in everyone’s mailbox. A petition to recall me as chapter leader.

Recall sheet

 

My many supporters in school are telling me not to resign, so I won’t. In fact I told them all to sign the petition so we can have a recall election. Approximately 60 out of 91 staff members need to vote me out. I told them to do it. Then there will be a new election and I will run again.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Great decision. Sad that it is non-precedential.Why? It would help Chapter Leaders in rubber rooms everywhere.

  2. I noticed that...

    Once again legal, the supt and the network (waste of money) leaders misinformed the principal. This is why principals with no teaching or very little teaching experience are being misguided and misinformed by those who want to undermine the CBA.

  3. Sense of satisfaction? Or something else?

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    • Francesco Portelos

      Ahh, I see. But really that much satisfaction as my attempts to help the school and staff as a chapter leader have been thwarted for a year. The Grievance game is the biggest joke since even a win takes a year. In that year so much is already lost.

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