Inspector General: City wastes millions on truck drivers

March 30, 2011 1:52:13 PM PDT
City taxpayers are wasting $18 million a year on truck drivers, according to Chicago's inspector general.

Joe Ferguson says 200 drivers shuttle city crews to work sites then sit and wait for crews to finish the job.

Ferguson argues that long-term collective bargaining agreements lock in the position and that city crews could easily drive themselves.

A 10-year teamsters union contract -- runs until June 2017 prohibits the city from transferring certain driver responsibilities to other employees except during emergencies.

ABC7 has been unable to reach the mayor's office for comment.