The Enterprise Editorial Board – Apr. 16, 2015
The absenteeism rate settles whatever questions remained over whether the board of the MBTA should be replaced.
According to the special panel named by Gov. Charlie Baker, the average MBTA worker takes 57 days off a year. That includes vacation, sick time, jury duty and family leave – a federally approved program T workers appear to be systematically exploiting beyond its original purpose. In 2014, T workers were absent more than 11 percent of the time – twice the rate of transit systems in other U.S. cities.
You can’t blame that on the snow.