Central Florida JwJ Helps Save 4 Post Offices!
When word came down that the USPS had slated to close 5 post offices in the Orlando area, Central Florida JwJ teamed up with APWU 1462 to build community pressure against the closures. Central Florida JwJ set up a 6 week mobilization plan to engage their member organizations, residents, and the media to pressure elected officials and the USPS to keep these post offices open.
JwJ mobilized their member organizations and residents to send letters and emails to their Congressperson. Every Friday, JwJ activists and postal workers collected signatures in front of a one of the 5 set to be closed post office. Local press was invited to cover these events every week, and the story got bigger every time.
On December 14th, the USPS announced that 4 of the 5 post offices slated to close in Orlando were removed from the closing list! This is a great win for the affected communities and the workers. More than 100 jobs were saved in Orlando, and more importantly essential services were saved for thousands of people. It these concrete victories that lead to greater wins together in the end!
The fight still continues for more Central Florida post offices in Lee Vista and Kissimmee. JwJ will continue to leaflet on Fridays at these locations until the end of the month.