Management at WIVB-TV and union representatives were to hold a conference call today in an attempt to iron out differences that resulted in a lockout of 31 off-camera employees.
Louis R. Verruto, president and general manager of the station, sent a letter to county executive candidate Joel A. Giambra Wednesday thanking him for "quietly seeking a solution." Giambra talked to both sides several times after the lockout began Saturday.
"I'm glad that the two sides are going to be talking again," Giambra said. "For the sake of all the families involved, I hope that there's a speedy resolution to this dispute."
Giambra was critical of County Executive Gorski for pulling his campaign ads from Channel 4 for the duration of the lockout.
"While others may choose to grandstand for personal political gain, I'm more interested in quietly getting people to sit down together and work out a solution," Giambra said.
Gorski joined members of Local 25 of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians in a picket line in front of the station's Elmwood Avenue studios Wednesday morning.
State Sen. Anthony R. Nanula, D-Buffalo, who is running for city comptroller, also has pulled his campaign ads from Channel 4.
Meanwhile, Buffalo teachers were urged to boycott Channel 4 by the president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.