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Alton Telegraph Newspaper Archive: December 7, 1999 - Page 1

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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                Ahoy From boats to furniture Page Dl SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Sweet freedom New iBopks help pupils learn Page Cl The outlook Sunny and warmer High 51 Low 36 Page D6 326 50 cents Hoops Marquette girls knock off Gillespie Page Bl December ByAfoDEYAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON A federal bankruptcy judge may grant an extension to Laclede Steel to 31 to present a plan to reorganize the company and keepthe big Alton plant in We anticipate that the bankruptcy judge will grant our request for an extension until said Michael executive vice president and Chief financial officer for Laclede filed for a Chapter 11 reor ganization bankruptcy on in a move to keep the Alton open and save 600 jobs and a de may get extension Negotiations continue in effort to stay open million annual steelworkers payroll to the Alton A major thrust of Lacledes reor ganization plan to Bankruptcy Judge Barry Schermer in Louis will be a proposal to apply for about million in guaranteed federal loans to make largescale improve ments to the Alton plant to keep it operating irtto the next An emergency bill passed last summer by the Congress allows Laclede to apply for more than million in federal loans by a 31 The federal loans to improve the plant are a key to the survival of Laclede Steel in said Terry president of Alton United Steelworkers Local Laclede and representatives of the Steelworkers union have been negoti ating for months to reach a consensu al agreement on a plan for multimil liondollar improvements to save the Alton plant from Wooden is optimistic that the union and company will reach a consensual agreement by the 31 deadline to apply for the federal Its vital for the union and com pany to present a consensual plan to the bankruptcy judge to apply for the federal loans to make improvements to keep the Alton plant operating and save hundreds of Wooden Negotiations between the compa ny and union on an agreement are progressing said the Laclede An estimated million in improvements would revive Laclede as a major steelproducing plant in the a move that will boost the economy of the Alton Wooden Under the plan to improve the Alton an estimated mil lion would be spent in the electric melt shop to renovate the 30year old giant which melts tons of steel for plant production The improvements in the melt shop would increase productivity of the Lane in place 1 By LINDA WELLER Telegraph staff writer A who was willing to go to bat legislatively so endpflife medical care wish es are carried out during an discovered recent lythat a littleknown provision Already is in The problem hardly any one knows about said state D can utilize it and should utilize Bowles See Page A7 Climbing the rafters The BARNES Driver crashes into new lightpole Streetlight part of million project By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE An allegedly drunken driver declared lights out for a brand new decorative which had been dedicated in a Grand Lighting ceremony only hours Jamison of the 800 block of Troy Road in Edwardsville was cited for See Page A7 Dan of Jerseyville and Brad Shoemate of Charles balance a beam Monday during the construction of the CVS Pharmacy on State Street at the AltonGodfrey The men are members of Iron Workers Local 392 in East peal employers scrambling to hire seasonal work help Employment rate continues at percent By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer the unemployment at a low of local employers are feeling the ripple effect in the fornrjof not enough seasonal t dont let that person walk out the door without an interview if you believe he or she would make an ideal Murphy The current labor shortage is a sim ple case of strong demand and weak Its she People who put in g Kmtrt on Hjpmer s IT application need to be interviewed on the because once they walk out the some sta5yhs one elge willhire Shari Murphy Alton Big Kmart store manager learned to an V e stance on finding job true that seasonal posi tions have been tough to Murphy Weve hired a totalof 45 to 50 and our final eight have begun this candidate completes a store employment an applica who put in an viewed on the because once they walk out the someone else will hire The fastfood industry is among those scrambling for and sometimes it has to resort to novel methods for recruiting The search for fastfood employees is not limited to signs in the At the Edwardsville pink fliers advertis ing the need for workers recent ly were included with customer INCL The BARNES Eileen Bourdeau of East checks out Monday at Target on Homer Adams Parkway in Alton with the help of employee Amanda Austin of Tim who owns Burger King franchises in Jerseyville and said the search for help is but he has no problem keeping his customers Were always looking for good but our business continues to he Its a competitive market out Although Illinois November unemployment stats are not out labor analyst Dennis Hoffman says those fig ures also will reflect the nation wide search for Since the rate has been on a downward a lot of people are looking Hoffman said about The Telegraph areas job There does appear to be a segment of the population that is happy to be working temporary Theyre very talented and have a skill thats in years we might have negatively labeled this segment as job but not Good M Morning 07 Seibert v 700 Rolls in stock Vinyl from 33 Carpet from 33 Laminate Wood Flooring from 1 DISCOUNT 4652622   

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