Postal workers across the country sent a loud and clear message to the Republican-dominated Congress and to postal management by turning out in record numbers on April 18, 1995 to oppose cuts in retirement benefits and privatization, to demand action on a new contract and to tell Congress to keep their hands off the Postal Service.
Over 1,500 postal workers rallied at the General Mail Facility, carrying signs that read “We Need a Contract Now” and “Get Gingrich off Our Backs.”
APWU members were joined by members of Branch 157 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Local 308 of Mail Handlers’ Union. (Greg Bell formed the Philadelphia Postal Labor Council on April 24, 1989, with the NALC and Mail Handlers Union to address common concerns.)
Postal workers from other APWU locals within the Tri-State area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware), came to Philadelphia to join in the march and rally – along with local communities and labor organizations, and congressional representatives.