The St. Louis Car Company was established in 1887 and had an excellent reputation for building high quality railroad and mass transportation equipment. The company produced rail cars, subway cars, street cars and during the two World Wars they also manufactured aircraft, dirigible gondolas, flying boats and other devices for the war effort and troop movement. The company ceased to exist in 1976.

This is a new employee manual delineating the rules and regulations for this company for new hires. The welcome statement in the front of the manual is signed by Edwin B. Meissner, Jr. who was the last president of St. Louis Car Co. The welcome statement indicates that the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Steel Industries and this makes the booklet date to after 1960 when St. Louis Car Co. was bought by General Steel Industries. The booklet has 16 pages with a blue paper cover. The booklet measures 4 x 6 inches.

The cover has tight staples and is in very good condition without loose pages, tears or interior markings. The booklet covers everything from benefits, to security in the plant and parking lots. There is a section delineating shop rules and regulations, what you must wear and ID badges, phone calls, the lost and found and a three strikes policy for wage attachments and garnishments. The center has a bifold schematic of the plant layout so that an employee can find things in the large plant. The section on Safety is strongly worded with emphasis on personal responsibility for individual and corporate safety. Pages 14-16 are a table of various infractions and their penalties which vary from warnings to immediate dismissals. The tables of offenses are wide ranging from falsifying personnel records or company records which results in immediate firing to gambling on company premises which entails a warning for the first offense, 3 day suspension for the second and discharge for the third offense. Tardiness is defined as three times in a 30 day period and the first offense requires a warning, second offense gets a 3 day suspension and the third offense gets a 7 day suspension. The fourth offense is grounds for firing. Provoking a fight on the plant floor is grounds for dismissal, as is engaging in sabotage or espionage.

This is a neat little bit of St. Louis history as well as an example of Human Resources history for those interested in business practices over the years.


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