February 21, 1961 (24th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Mr. Chevrier (Official Opposition House Leader; Liberal Party House Leader)

Liberal

1. What was the number of non-operating employees of the Canadian National Railways in January, 1939, January, 1942, and 1960?
2. What was the number of supervisory officers engaged in supervision of these employees in 1939, 1942 and 1960?
3. What was the total number of supervisory officers on the payroll in 1939, 1942 and 1960?
4. How many non-scheduled employees (nonsupervisory) were there in 1939, 1942 and 1960?
5. How many "methods" employees are currently employed by the company?
Answer by: Hon. Leon Balcer (Minister of
Transport):
The management of the Canadian National Railways advise as follows:
1. Monthly data for 1939 and 1942 are incomplete, and for these periods annual figures have been substituted. Comparable annual data for 1960 will not be available for another month but the average for the first 11 months of 1960 will permit a reasonable comparison to be made. The average numbers of non-operating employees for the years 1939 and 1942 and for the first 11 months of 1960 were as follows:
Year, 1939, 51,146; year, 1942, 60,604; average Jan.-Nov. 1960, 67,671.
2. Since many supervisory personnel have jurisdiction over other employee groups as well as the non-operating group, it is not possible to identify separately those who have supervisory jurisdiction only over non-operating employees.
3. The total number of supervisory personnel (union and non-union) on the payroll was as follows:
Year, 1939, 6,972; year, 1942, 7,394; average Jan.-Nov. 1960, 9,839.
These figures do not include those supervisory personnel who are not separately identified as such in the Canadian classification of railway employees in accordance with which personnel statistics are maintained. The numbers involved, however, are relatively small and are omitted in each of the three periods covered, thereby providing some measure of consistency to the data to permit comparability.
4. As pointed out in answer to question No. 3, personnel statistics are maintained in accordance with the Canadian classification of railway employees and do not permit separate identification of non-scheduled employees (non-supervisory). In addition, since company check-off of union dues commenced on April 1, 1953, prior separate identification of non-scheduled employees as opposed to scheduled employees was not possible.
5. As at September 1960, there were 175 "methods" employees employed by the Canadian National Railways on Canadian lines. These include work study analysts, methods analysts, machine analysts and material handling analysts.

Topic:   ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   C.N.R. PERSONNEL
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