News Coverage Roundup March 21 2018

Missoula Independent Staff File Papers to Form a Union — The Montana Free Press 

HELENA — The 10 non-management employees of the Missoula Independent today filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to begin the process of forming a union, the Missoula News Guild Organizing Committee announced via a press release issued late Monday afternoon.

Independent staff reporter and union organizing committee member Derek Brouwer said in an interview Monday that he started considering the possibility of forming a newsroom union last year, not long after the Indy was sold to the parent company of its biggest competitor, the Missoulian.

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Missoula Independent Staff Work To Unionize — MTPR

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.

Lee Enterprises, which owns newspapers in nearly 50 cities across the country, including Billings, Butte, Helena and Missoula, bought the Independent last spring.

Alex Sakariassen has been a reporter at the Independent for 9 years. Speaking for himself, he says unionizing gives reporters at the Indy a seat at the table on behalf of their readers.

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Missoula Independent staff files to form union — KPAX

MISSOULA – Missoula Independent employees filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board to begin the process of forming a union, according to the Missoula News Guild Organizing Committee.

The Independent, an alternative weekly newspaper which was been publishing since 1991, was purchased by Lee Enterprises last spring and was informed in January that their operations would be moved into the offices of the Missoulian, which is also owned by Lee.

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By unionizing, Indy staffers look to preserve independence under corporate ownership — The Missoula Current 

Staffers at the Missoula Independent took the first step this week in forming a union to preserve the paper’s independence under the ownership of Lee Enterprises, a corporate chain that owns five other papers in Montana, including the Missoulian.

Employees at the alternative weekly filed their petition Monday with the National Labor Relations Board, and they’re now waiting for a response from Lee Enterprises, they said Tuesday.