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Sanitation Vice-President Ruth Thomas has been with the Sanitation Department for almost 30 years, and the proclamations and awards adorning her union office’s walls attest to her tireless dedication and ongoing commitment to excellence. These days, the grandmother from Bedford-Stuyvesant is championing pay parity, more overtime, better vehicles, and members who have been marginalized based on highly questionable medical conditions. “The agents are crying for a new contract,” she says. “They want to negotiate a contract that is fair to everyone.” Sunday is presently the only opportunity for sanitation enforcement agents to earn overtime pay, and Thomas wants to help change that as well. “That’s not enough—some people go to church,” she says.
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