I am sorry for the delay in responding -- this is the first time I have seen your question so I am uncertain why it has remained on the list for so long.
Under the circumstances, the IBEW was your employer for all intents and purposes and they are acting in conformance with employment law
. You see, if you go out on disability from an employer, the employer must hold your position open for you for at least 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act. Once the 12 weeks has passed and if you cannot return to your full apprenticeship duties with them, then they have the right to decide whether or not they will terminate your position completely, or to hold your job open for you OR to permit you to return to some other position (if they have one -- but it does not have to be at the same level of pay or benefits (it can be any job they want to offer you)).
I do find it odd that they are asking you to resign from the position rather than simply terminate you as they are permitted to do under employment laws -- THe only explanation I can think of for their request is that they do not want to be seen as the "bad guy" here even if they are permitted to take termination
action pursuant to the FMLA
. It seems that they are simply wanting to open the spot for someone else because such apprenticeships are scarce and hard to get into. It really is up to you whether or not you want to accommodate this request (you can simply tell them to terminate you from the program), but if you do write a resignation letter then you should state in the letter that it was due to PTSD which you receive treatment for and that you hope that the committee will consider reinstating you for the last few months that it will take to earn your full license if there comes a day that you are able to return to the program.
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