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Sanitationmen did not take any serious job actions immediately after the war and instead gave Mayor O’Dwyer the opportunity to deliver on some of his campaign rhetoric.
Wth the 1946-47 budget came down the line, the Joint Board of AFL Locals demanded a 35% wage increase, which would bring their wages close to $1.25 per hour.
They also wanted 10 cents an hour or night work, time and a half for overtime and double time for Sundays. But their pleas were ignored by O’Dwyer, who was a big fan of the Police Department.
In fact, the only time Sanmen seemed to get their fair share of publicity was when they stopped a robbery or pulled someone from a burning building. Or when it snowed.
Somethings never change!
- 7,197 Uniformed Sanitation Workers and Supervisors
- 2,048 Civilian Workers
- 2,230 collection trucks
- 450 mechanical street sweepers
- 275 specialized collection trucks
- 365 salt/sand spreaders
- 298 front end loaders, and
- 2,360 various other support vehicles