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Billings Gazette newsroom staff taking steps to unionize

Posted at 1:56 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 15:56:25-04

BILLINGS — Staff at the Billings Gazette have taken steps to form a union among newsroom employees.

According to a press release issued Thursday, the staff has formed the "Montana News Guild" in order to "protect and nurture the future of The Billings Gazette's journalists."

The newspaper is owned by Lee Enterprises based out of Davenport, Iowa.

Newsroom employees of the Lee-owned Casper Star-Tribune unionized in 2018. Staff at the Missoula Independent formed a union after Lee Enterprises bought the weekly publication, which was later shuttered.

In February, The Billings Gazette announced it was eliminating two of its top newsroom management positions.

Click here to learn more about the Montana News Guild.