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Sanitation Chief Delegate Irene Cummings, 62, has been a sanitation enforcement agent for 22 years and an executive-board delegate for eight. Her main priority is to “help everybody get together.” Union members need to “forget about their dislikes,” she says. “We may not agree on everything, but we need to work together. Issues specifically important to SEAs, she says, include stopping “frivolous write-ups,” getting better equipment—“our cars are horrible”—and protecting their health. Working behind garbage trucks and opening up garbage bags to check that people are recycling properly is part of the job, she says, but “all these things are health hazards.”
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