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Heather Gardini, 26, started as Local 1182’s secretary-receptionist in August after working as an elementary-school substitute teacher in the Middle Village section of Queens. “It’s exciting,” she says. “I want to learn about labor.” A 2012 graduate of Queens College, she’s also planning to pursue a master’s degree in education at Touro College.