An active duty military member has been reinstated to his county position after being terminated last July. 

According to a press release from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz’ office, Raphael Ramos was on domestic military leave from the county for 13 months from Feb. 2017 to March 2018 while he retained his position with the county. 

According to Poloncarz’ office, “like all active duty military personnel, he is required to submit paperwork to his employer substantiating the periods of his leave”. 

The press release also states that Ramos did not submit any updated paperwork after his domestic leave expired on March 31 and that he made no contact to the Erie County Department of Public Works about when he planned to return to work at the highway division. 

“To date, Erie County has not received the appropriate paperwork from Mr. Ramos,” the press release states. 

A grievance was filed on Ramos’ behalf by AFSCME Local 1095. Poloncarz’ office states that the contractual bargaining agreement between the county and the union dictate that grievances must be filed within 15 working days of the date of the grievance. 

“Despite this, Erie County has agreed to re-instate Mr. Ramos to his current position, and will continue supporting his military leaves as it has in the past, provided the County receives the appropriate documentation substantiating Mr. Ramos’s military leave since finishing his last leave, on March 31, 2018 to current. The county has not been informed of his plans, military or otherwise, since that date and has no updated information on those plans as of today,” the press release states.