An Early Wage Survey – 1949 To 1951

By John Kerr

We find at this time mention of the earliest wage survey to have been conducted by CEDA (April 6, 1949). By this time, wages had been unfrozen from the war-time rates and thus were considered to be significantly higher.

The rates reported were:

Secretaries                         $145 per month

Typists                               $115 per month

Billing Clerks                       $118 per month

Accounting                          $175 per month

Counter Manager                 $200 per month

Order Clerks                        $157 per month

Warehouse Manager            $210 per month

Receivers                            $150 per month

Shippers                             $149 per month

It is interesting to note that many of the classifications of staff we now consider universal did not appear to exist in those days.

Cutting the association’s operating costs was a priority topic at the spring meeting in Montreal. In drawing up the year’s budget, it was decided to limit the association manager to five trips a year to Montreal, with expenses covering only lower berth accommodations and meals on route.  Convention expenses were reduced by the introduction of a five dollar registration fee, and sundry items were completely eliminated, reducing the total budget by $1500.

The first available definition of an electrical distributor

For the first time we are able to look at a definition of an electrical distributor, in that the existing definition was revised to stipulate that CEDA members were required to “have a paid up, or working capital of at least $50,000, in which shall be included a stock of at least $35,000, and the member must employ eight (8) or more employees, including three(3) field men.”

Westinghouse is reported as having established its new supply organization with branches in Toronto, Ottawa and seven western points.

John Kerr is Publisher of CEW.

Source: CEDA: Fifty Years of Service – An Historical Review of the Canadian Electrical Distributors Association, 1934 to 1984, Kerrwil Publications. Please feel free to reach out to us any time if you have great photos, historical anecdotes or perspectives. We would love to hear from you; linegoyette@kerrwil.com.

 

Related Articles


Changing Scene

  • OmniCable Promotes Georgia Sipsis to National Sales Manager – Canada

    OmniCable Promotes Georgia Sipsis to National Sales Manager – Canada

    Omni Cable LLC is proud to announce the promotion of Georgia Sipsis to OmniCable’s National Sales Manager-Canada. In this role, Sipsis is responsible for overseeing all Canadian sales.  “Georgia has been a vital member of the OmniCable Canada team and has made significant contributions cultivating and creating new customer relationships across Ontario and Eastern Canada,… Read More…

  • Nedco Laval Moves to New Office Address

    Nedco Laval Moves to New Office Address

    Nedco Laval has recently announced that it has changed locations. On Monday, March 18, 2024, Nedco Laval opened it’s doors at the new location at 3176 boul. Industriel, Laval, QC, H7L 4P7. Nedco Laval is excited to welcome you to the new premises, thanking customers for their continued support, and looking forward to serving customers… Read More…


Peers & Profiles

  • Taken from Graybar Canada Linkedin Post Enjoy a glimpse of the wonderful moments from Graybar Canada’s recent customer appreciation BBQs! The company was grateful for the smiles and connections made with our amazing customers and vendors. They are looking forward to the next gathering! Source Read More…

  • Article taken from Linkedin Post Electrozad is thrilled to spotlight their Chatham Branch and recognize their exceptional efforts in cleaning up their community. The team took time to coordinate a community clean-up around their branch. This is a commendable initiative that not only helps maintain the cleanliness and hygiene around the branch but also contributes… Read More…