One CTA rail service supervisor worked an average of 34 hours of overtime on top of her 40-hour work week. And the CTA is the only governmental agency that includes overtime in calculations used to determine pensions.
Those are just two of the shocking findings from a Tribune report published Sunday.
Jackie Hubbard, the hard-working rail service supervisor, earned $150,797 in total compensation in 2010 - with $84,566 coming from overtime pay. "Hubbard, a 26-year CTA employee, stands to receive an annual pension of $87,310 instead of a pension totaling $40,459 resulting solely from her base salary, CTA records show." Good gig, if you can get it.
The Tribune story also notes that the CTA has an odd way of calculating how much it spends on overtime wages:
The agency has put its 2010 overtime costs at $19.8 million.
A Tribune analysis, however, found more than $29 million in overtime.
The Tribune investigation found that although the CTA pays 11/2 times the regular hourly wage to union employees who work more than 40 hours per week, it counts only part of the additional payment — the "half" in time and a half — as overtime for some workers.
So a bus driver or train operator who works eight overtime hours receives 12 additional hours of pay, but only four of those hours are considered overtime — or "premium pay" as the CTA calls it.
To his credit, CTA President Forrest Claypool is working to eliminate overtime from rail service supervisors and other supervisors.
Let's hope some of this excess overtime can be eliminated under the current union negotiations with CTA management.