Newsroom employees of The Kansas City Star have unionized, the paper reported.

McClatchy owns the paper. McClatchy has voluntarily recognized the Kansas City News Guild.

“We have a long history of working collaboratively in this newsroom to support strong local journalism,” said The Star’s president and editor, Mike Fannin, said. “Our shared efforts have resulted in vital work that has made the communities we serve better and more accountable.

“We prize the work of all our colleagues, and today, we are recognizing the Kansas City News Guild. Together, we can move forward with the mission of elevating our staff, our strategies and our journalism.”

The group will become a unit of The NewsGuild-CWA.

The NewsGuild-CWA represents more than 24,000 journalists and other communications professionals in the U.S. and Canada at publications and digital sites that include The Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and the Indianapolis Star. Formerly known as The Newspaper Guild, the union was founded by journalists in 1933. The Guild merged with the 600,000-member Communications Workers of America in 1995.