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.