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Protest Against Relocating GPO
Protest Against Relocating GPO

On May 20, 1987, hundreds of APWU members and Mail Handlers Union members, along with our many allies, supporters and other area locals, demonstrated against the relocation of the 30th and Market Streets GPO.   At the time, the Postal Service was considering whether to renovate or relocate the GPO. There were also rumors that came from the Postal Service of possibly relocating outside the city.  The APWU, along with community leaders and elected officials, opposed those plans.

The Union requested a congressional investigation as part of a broad-based strategy to stop the sale of the Philadelphia General Post Office and the excessing of workers.  The Union was successful in building a coalition among of Philadelphia congressional representatives, the mayor, city council, and state representatives, along with community organizations, near-by APWU locals and other unions in fighting these plans.

The local union also voted to boycott the Postal Service’s 1987 Savings Bond Campaign.

The union was successful in getting the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Postal Operations and Services to write to the Postmaster inquiring into the Postal Service’s plans. The Subcommittee was assured that the Postal Service had no intention of relocating outside the city; however, they were exploring possible alternatives such as expanding within the city and/or renovating of the 30th Street GPO.

Protesting the Move
Philadelphia Members Protesting the Move