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Missoula News Guild

Missoula Independent sign.
Josh Burnham

Staff at the Missoula Independent weekly newspaper voted unanimously this afternoon to unionize.

A year ago, Lee Enterprises bought the Independent. Iowa-based Lee owns papers across 21 states, including in Billings, Butte, Helena and Missoula.

Derek Brouwer of the newly formed Missoula News Guild says unionizing will protect the Independent’s editorial and stylistic independence.

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.