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LOCKED-OUT WIVB-TV STAFF PLANS GROUP PHOTO SESSION

The 31 off-camera workers who have been locked out of WIVB-TV, Channel 4, are planning to get in front of a camera this evening.

The workers and their families are gathering at 6 p.m. today in front of the television station for a group photo of those affected by the lockout, which was sparked by a wage dispute.

The lockout started at 12:01 a.m. Saturday for the 31 engineers and technicians, members of Local 25, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America. The union represents 80 off-camera employees at Channel 4, including photographers, producers, assignment editors, graphic artists, writers and technicians.

The lockout comes six months after the contract between Channel 4 and the union expired. WIVB General Manager Lou Verruto told union members in a memo that the lockout could have been avoided if the union accepted the contract offer.

WIVB is owned by Lin Television Corp. of Providence.

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