CTA: Management changes save transit millions

July 30, 2013 2:35:34 PM PDT
The lowest absentee rate among CTA workers in recent history is saving the city millions of dollars, according to agency president Forest Claypool.

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.