Alton Telegraph in Alton, Illinois
5 Dec 1977

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5 Dec 1977

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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 5, 1977, Alton, Illinois The area Missouri River navigation season ends and records were broken for tons shipped.Pagea-9 the state smaller schools Are state s most troublesome opponents in push to a-6 Gibson City Man hoping for Christmas present from the Federal aviation Agency .pagea-8 the nation Columbus May have made his first voyage to America with four ships rather than three 1493 letter indicates. Page b-7features what does a Little girl do at a High school basketball game this 3-year-old provided almost As much action for Telegraph photographer Rick Stankoven As the players on the floor. Photo essay.a-14 4 gov. Thompson will be a Miracle Man if he can make the selection of a Board of elections foolproof. Of ed.a-5 president Carter shows no sensitivity toward ethical problems. Dream boat.a-3 Moline Man and wife make a dream come True. C. J. Schlos Serles .a-2 founded Alton auditing firm known around the state. Sports a l big red red faced. Family a la great fashions for great Day. Weather a 12 tuesday Clear to partly Cloudy Low to High 20s. Television .b-12 fun page.b-5 obituaries .b-4 stocks .b-4 classified.b-4 amusements.b-4 _ Alton Telegraph serving Madison Jersey Maco Upin Greene and Calhoun counties \ of. 142 no. 274 eat. Jan. 15. 1436 mon., let cd. 5. 1977 Alton. In. 3 sections 34 a 15 Good show Good company a Shannon Lopez 4. And Bret Vetter 3, obviously enjoyed the puppet show put on by Alton children a theatre saturday As part of Santa s Tea at the evangelical United Church of Christ in Godfrey. Shannon is the daughter of or. And mrs. Douglas Koch and Bret is the son of or. And mrs. Roger Vetter. Telegraph photo by Rick Stankoven striking Olin unions say seniority apprenticeship program Are issues by l. Allen Klope Telegraph staff writer seniority rights and the joint apprenticeship and training program Are the key issues in the strike by electricians and pipe fitters at the East Alton plants of the Olin corp. As a strike by two unions continued into its fifth Day. William Parker business representative for electrical workers local 649, said wages Are a prime Issue but the company a efforts to take away seniority rights and tear Down the intention of the joint apprenticeship and training program Are the main issues in the dispute. A company spokesman said the final company offer did not include any changes in seniority or the joint apprenticeship and training programs. He said both sides had talked about changes prior to the final offer by the company last week before the strike but the final offer by the company eliminated any such changes in the two programs. The problem is in the hands of a Federal mediator Parker said and the Union is willing to meet at any time. Tom Schilling business manager of pipe fitters local 555, said his Union too is ready to meet. The two striking unions have a combined membership of just Over 200, while there Are some 3,700 hourly employees honouring their picket lines. Wilbur Hemken business representative of machinists District 9, said machinists so far have been honouring the picket lines and it is expected they will continue to do so. Parker said there is no provision for strike benefits through the electricians Union and Schilling said the pipe fitters have to apply to the International for such benefits but there is no Assurance they can be obtained. Hemken said the machinists Are not on strike so there Are no strike benefits available. The machinists Union which has 3,267 members and the chemical workers Union which has 65 members already have agreed to new contracts. Besides the two striking unions the Western employees trades Council with 351 members and the steelworkers with 46 members have not agreed to new pacts. The steelworkers contract does not expire until Jan. I. The machinists and chemical worker contracts Call for a 9 percent wage in crease effective dec. I. There will be a percent wage boost in one year and again in two years along with resumption of Thi Cost of living allowance plan which a been in effect at the Plant for the last twi years. Fringes agreed upon include improvements in group life insurance Hospital medical insurance programs Anc the pension plan plus establishment of i dental insurance program. A company spokesman said the bras Mill and Winchester Western division Are operating with supervisory personnel and that jobs Are open to employees who Are Noton strike. So far no hourly employees not or strike have reported for work the com Pany spokesman said. Troops deployed in Bermuda Hamilton Bermuda apr British troops armed with rifles and machine guns deployed in Bermuda today for the first time in nearly to years but rioting to protest the execution of two Blacks for political murders already had ended. British commanders said 260 troops had been brought in from bases in Belize in Central America and England to Back up the 900 men of the local police Force and the Bermuda regiment. The British Island Colony was Calm All Day sunday and Only three fire bombs exploded sunday National Coal strike to hit hard in Illinois Zychar Desroberts associated press writer More than 14.000 Illinois families Are contemplating a Bleak Christmas As husbands and fathers Brace for weeks of idleness in a major National Coal strike the United mine workers 130.000 members Are poised to walk off the Job at Midnight tonight because their leaders and the bituminous Coal operators association a bargaining Arm of the Coal Industry cannot agree on a new contract. Industry and ump negotiators spent saturday and sunday at the bargaining table but a Federal mediator said it Only was a work session and did no to indicate either Side hoped to reach agreement before tuesday. A a there a not much doubt of a strike a says Kenneth Dawes president of the Illinois ump. A probably Midnight Mon the ump is a dominant Coal miners Union in Coal Rich Illinois but its Pawer elsewhere has been sharply diluted some Industry observers say its minors account for Only 50 percent of americans Coal production instead of the 70 percent of recent my of its nearly depleted health and pen Sion Benefit funds. The bar gainers reportedly devoted some time saturday to discussion of miners benefits. A the fund is in pretty serious said Dawes Coal companies pay a a a Royalty into the funds for each ton of Coal mined by ump miners but Wildcat strikes during the past year have Cut into production and some observers accuse officials of mismanagement. A i done to think anyone can Point a Finger to any individual thing that Cut the Dawes said a we know that Hospital and doctor costs have gone sky High since �?~74. We also know there have been several but he added that strikes Are not the Only problem the funds have a i would say mismanagement is one of the contributing factors cutting the funds Back Quot Dawes said Illinois Coal miners and their families have Protection in health matters now a but i could t say How Long it will last a he said he believes the Union and the Coal companies both Are a really concerned with the funds. But nobody so far has been Able to come up with a solution to the problem Quot he added that his rank and file members have tried to prepare themselves for this week s strike Many have worked overtime in recent months and have saved As much Money As they could a in our District the majority of our people have been through National strikes and they re usually always trying to prepare for it months prior to the strike and i think that showed when we had All these strikes in the Eastern Coal Fields Over the Benefit funds this District continued to work. I think they were All capable of seeing that a strike in no Way was Tho solution to that Dawes said Quot a month and a half ago. F thought agreement maybe could be secured about the time this one would expire but the Way the main bargaining table is acting at this time As far As negotiations there s just nothing i can sax crash probe focuses on role of hijackers Johore Bharu Malaysia apr investigators Are trying to determine whether the hijackers of a malaysian Airliner caused the crash in which All too persons aboard died and whether the hijackers were japanese terrorists. One witness to the crash sunday night said the twin Jet Boeing 737 wobbled unsteadily Rose slightly then started Down and exploded. Wreckage dismembered bodies clothing and debris were scattered Over a Square mile of swamp North of the Johore Strait and Singapore. The malay mail newspaper said the eyewitness reports a indicated some kind of tussle Between the hijackers and the a the explosion May have been caused by explosives carried on Board by the hijackers considering the wide area Over which the wreckage was strewn a the paper said. Among the dead were the cuban ambassador to Malaysia Mario Garcia and his wife two world Bank officials from Washington o d. Hoerr and s s. Naime and malaysians agriculture minister Aji Haji Ahmad. Malaysian airways said about 20 of the 93 passengers were foreigners. Sources at the Kuala Bumpur Airport said the Pilot radioed that members of the japanese red army took Over the plane. But the airline said it could not confirm this and did not know How Many hijackers there were. Only wording of deputies contract remains Edwardsville negotiations Between Madison county and the sheriffs department have ended and All that remains to be done on a new contract is approval of wording. Matt Melucci assistant to county Board chairman Nelson Hagnauer said both sides will go Over the wording this week proofread it and then initial the contract ii there Are no disagreements. Then the contract will go on to the county Board for approval at the dec. 21 meeting says Melucci. Mike Vincent a member of the 4-Man sheriffs office labor team concurred with Meluccio a version of the status of a new contract. The sheriffs labor team has been negotiating with a special committee of the county Board which tonight has talks set with local 799, which represents courthouse employees. Neither Side in the sheriff department county Board talks is willing to give details of what has tentatively been agreed to. That will be done after the county Board acts on the proposal said Vincent. The old contract expired last wednesday at Midnight and 84 jailers dispatchers patrolmen and detectives remained on the Job As Union talks progressed. A proclaims himself emperor a Jean Bedel Bokassa places a Diamond studded Crown atop his head during Coronation ceremony sunday in Bangui during which he proclaimed himself emperor Bokassa i of the Central african Empire. The emperor an sex sergeant in Frances colonial army wore an Ermine trimmed red velvet cloak and stood and sat on a two ton Bronze throne. The ceremony Cost millions. A laser photo 4 years. Of bar gainers were to reach agreement on a new contract before the deadline the Union members still would need to Days to ratify the pact a Well after expiration of the present agreement Dawes says the mine operators want to tie miners pay to a an incentive plan where if a person worked his full pay period if he worked full time he would get All the wages rates and benefits due him. A but if he missed one or two Days that would Start to Cut his rate Down and wages and benefits. A a there a just no Way the Union could accept anything like the Union also is pressing for refinance fire walk a a chinese resident of Bangkok Thailand walks briskly Over a bed of burning coals recently. His feat showed Faith in Kuan Yin goddess of mercy and was staged in conjunction with a festival honouring the City. The Man later said he suffered no Burns. A laser photo a fourth of All Illinois medicaid funds said wasted Springfield. Iii. A How upset would you be if you knew that every time you spent four dollars one of them was being stolen or lost that s the ratio that some investigators say taxpayers lose each year through fraud abuse and error in the states $1.1 billion medicaid program. State department of Public Aid officials claim that the loss rate is much lower and that its impossible to pinpoint precisely How much medicaid abuse costs taxpayers. A a every body is estimating and guessing at what the fraud is a says Arthur f. Quem. Illinois Public Aid director a nobody absolutely knows for sure and we done to have any hard evidence but the Federal department of health. Education and welfare in 1972 and a congressional investigating team in 1975 each put Illinois medicaid waste at about one Dollar in four. And the legislative advisory commission on Public Aid recently estimated that this year alone Illinois will waste $287 million through improper or unnecessary medicaid payments. That also amounts to about one Dollar in four. A i done to have any specific evidence that fraud is one in four dollars a contends Quern. He said his department is in the process of putting in a Multi million Dollar computer system that he claims will provide better policing of the medicaid program. But he said a a we re not policemen first. Our major responsibility is to provide care to the most number of people who need help and can to afford it hut can prove eligibility for medical assistance Quot medicaid fraud Quot is worse today than it Ever was a said Michael Stein chief investigator of the legislative commission. A a there a no incentive for efficiency in hospitals and nursing Homes because they Are reimbursed under medicaid for too percent of Stein said. A taxpayers Are going to have to say we refuse to spend this Quern said department officials found More than $16 million in medicaid fraud last year through audits but he admitted recently that an estimate of $25 million to $30 million in annual fraud May be closer to the truth. Quot we d like to get away from having to guess. A he says. According to Stein s four month investigation most medicaid fraud is perpetrated by the Large medical care providers or by what Stein Calls a a medicaid Mills a in 1976,�?� he says a i percent of Illinois physicians got nearly 20 percent or More than $20 million of the $110 million paid to physicians Quot Illinois medicaid spending has jumped from its original 1966 level of $100 million to this years estimated $1.1 billion and Quern said the actual year end figure could go higher he said Illinois is required to reimburse medical providers who file legitimate medicaid Hills. The amount the state pays each year for medicaid in t known a until All the Bills come in a said Quern. Illinois last year planned on spending $950 million for medicaid but Bills out distanced plans and officials had to return to the general Assembly for an additional $70 million he said

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