Alex Sakariassen

Staff at the Missoula Independent weekly newspaper will formally vote Friday on whether to unionize.

A year ago the Missoula Independent was bought by Lee Enterprises, which owns nearly 50 papers across 21 states, including in Billings, Butte, Helena and Missoula.

Staff at the Missoula Independent are making strides to unionize.

All 10 of the alternative weekly paper’s non-management employees supported filing a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, sent Monday, to begin the process.