Over 5,000 postal workers, including 13 busloads from Philadelphia, converged on Washington, D.C., May 23, 1995, for a rally against privatization and cuts in federal retirement programs, and for a new contract. It was one of the largest APWU rallies and Philadelphia had the largest delegation of any city in attendance. Nearly 600 Local members contributed to the historic turnout.
Because the Philadelphia delegation was so large the local had to rent a Church a block-and-a-half from Capitol Hill to accommodate all of the members in attendance. Several Congressmen addresses the assembled crowd at the Church and pledged to fight Republican proposals that unfairly target postal and federal employees.
Smaller delegations of the Local members met separately with aides of other congressional representatives. Freshman Republican Senator Rick Santorum refused to meet with postal workers. The rally was successful. Philadelphia Local members left Washington with a renewed sense of unity, solidarity and purpose.