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Journalists at The Southern Illinoisan voted Thursday to form a union.

The Southern newsroom’s 12 non-management employees voted unanimously to form the union, all in favor for United Media Guild Local 36047, TNG-CWA, AFL-CIO-CLC. The employees filed a petition with National Labor Relations Board to form the union on April 27.

Once the vote is officially certified by the National Labor Relations Board, the union will begin contract negotiations with The Southern’s parent company, Lee Enterprises.

— The Southern

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