Katie Johnston

Each day it becomes harder for all but the highest earners to get by in this country. Average American workers are beset by lack of opportunity and the fight for livable wages, along with nagging questions about their relevance. Will their skills remain viable in a changing economy with more automation? Will their jobs be sent overseas? Small business owners, meanwhile, face their own challenges. And the labor unions that once hovered over it all are increasingly less powerful.This beat is an exploration of those shifts, with an emphasis on what it all means for our workforce and for families trying to put food on the table.

Katie Johnston previously wrote about travel and tourism for the Globe and worked as the paper’s music and entertainment editor.

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Logan food workers vote unanimously to authorize strike

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Even if they aren’t cleared to walk off the job, employees could disrupt air travel.

Airline food preparers ponder work stoppage amid fight for better wages, health insurance

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Unions representing 20,000 employees nationwide, including 700 in Boston, looking for subcontrators to raise wages as airlines rake in profits.

Move to Vermont, get $10,000. Then what?

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As the population stagnates, the state is offering incentives for people to relocate there — so far 33 remote workers have made the move.

A cleaning company with a lofty goal: transforming a low-wage industry

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Well-Paid Maids employs cleaners full-time, with benefits, and hopes to serve as a case study to increase worker protections.