Military Farewell Costs Elgin Postal Worker Employee Disciplined for Seeing off Relative in the Service
O'Konowitz, Tom, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Tom O'Konowitz Daily Herald Staff Writer
When Shar Swanson of Elgin found out her Air Force sergeant son- in-law from California was being deployed overseas, she immediately asked her boss for a few days off to see him and her pregnant daughter before he left.
Now she's paying for it.
A mail carrier based at the Elgin post office for nine years, Swanson took off work Thursday, Friday and Saturday - March 13 through 15 - to say goodbye to her son-in-law and offer support to her daughter, also an Air Force sergeant, who had just found out she's pregnant.
More than a week earlier Swanson had asked to use her vacation time for the days off, but her supervisor only granted her that Thursday and Friday off, saying he couldn't find anyone to work for her on Saturday.
Swanson told her boss she wouldn't be able to get to work for the Saturday shift, and she subsequently received a letter of warning charging her with failing to report to work as scheduled.
The letter has been placed in her personnel file and she could face suspension, demotion or termination if it happens again.
Elgin Postmaster William Ryan on Friday said he was not aware of the situation involving Swanson.
"If it did indeed take place that would be something dealt with internally between her and her supervisor," Ryan said, adding that he would not discuss personnel issues.
Resident Connie Bieschke, who's on Swanson's east-side route, heard of her troubles and is calling on the Elgin post office to take back its disciplinary action. …