Another Guardsman prevented from returning to work at the US Postal Service

Patrie, who turns 56 on Thursday, was activated in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He “served almost continuously” from September 2001 until Dec. 31, 2015, flying combat air patrols in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During this period, the U.S. military increasingly relied on part-timers — guardsmen and reservists — on orders to run operations in support of active duty personnel.

All the while, Patrie worked at the Postal Service in Maine since 1997.

Throughout his numerous deployments, Patrie provided the Postal Service with copies of his updated orders, maintained his membership in the letter carriers’ union and “was placed in a ‘leave without pay’ status,” according to court documents.

“They knew my background when they hired me, and they had no qualms with it,” Patrie said.

According to the service’s own employee manual, the Postal Service “supports employee service in the Reserve or National Guard,” barring any action aimed to “discourage either voluntary or involuntary participation.”

Nearing the end of his active duty service, Patrie notified the Postal Service to request reinstatement, in keeping with the human resources guidebooks he had received.

The Postal Service, however, denied the request. Like the case of Sgt. Maj. Richard Erickson, the service claimed Patrie had “abandoned” his civilian career in favor of a military one.

“I was awestruck,” Patrie said. “Every time I dropped off my orders, there was no mention of the word ‘abandonment,’ and every two weeks, I received…everything a normal worker would.”

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As I have long said,” if the Post office was a country, it’s banner would be the old Soviet Union hammer and sickle.” Welcome back to the communist Post office.

Sue them, for all they are worth, so you don’t have to go back working for these idiots!!!

Postal management is mostly assholes

I agree. Recently im supervisoring and saw all the toxicity caused by my management that im taking it all down (without so much of a hint what im doing to my boss so they cant stop me) and fixing the broken teamwork and trust in my office.

Check out the 2012 decision against the USPS for denying similar reinstatement to a Fort Myers Fl. postal carrier.USPS had to pay 13 years back pay and benefits to Mr Erickson,total cost of over 2 million dollars including legal costs.What the hell is wrong with this organization.Given the opportunity to do the right or wrong thing ,the post office always chooses the wrong one.This mentality has cost millions in litigation.Wait till they have to start paying out on the 2018 NRP decision because they did the wrong thing every step of the way.WHEN WILL THEY LEARN!!!!

They won’t learn. Personally, as a non-military person, I disagree with the “hold forever” policy for VOLUNTARY service. People are waiting to advance. But as long as the policy is in place…abide by it! Same with all policies, they do what they want and cry they can’t do their job. Qualified and ethical managers can do their job within the guidelines!
BTW same goes with Union leaders. We could use some qualified ethical ones as well!

Why is postal management so ignorant.It is like they behave this way just to be like each other.