CTA: Management changes save transit millions

July 30, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Claypool and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a 22-percent drop in absenteeism by CTA workers over the past two years. They say that equates to about $10 million in taxpayer savings.

They credit new management initiatives focused on reducing sick leave and job-related injuries for the improved attendance and increased productivity.

"We just wanna make sure the time off is for legitimate reasons. For example, two consecutive sick days requires a doctor's notification," Claypool said.

Mayor Emanuel says he wants similar management initiatives put in place to try and reduce absences among other city agencies as well.

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