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GUILD PICKETS BUFFALO NEWS

Members of The Buffalo Newspaper Guild walked an informational picket line in front of The Buffalo News today in a disagreement with management over interpretation of a new four-year contract.

About 140 union members walked for a half-hour in front of the newspaper building on Washington Street.

The dispute involves interpretation of a contract clause about sharing the cost for health insurance for 1991.

"Our interpretation is that the contract calls for the company to pay 80 percent of the increased health insurance costs effective Jan. 1, 1991," said Al Greene, the incoming president of the Guild. "That's what the contract says."

Management says that the contract language puts a cap on the amount that the company will pay for the insurance.

Ralph Wray, vice president of employee relations, said The News has offered to take the dispute to arbitration for resolution immediately but has received no reply from the union.

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