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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After instructing employees to wrap their hands in plastic bags and go back to work, GameStop shuts down Mass. stores

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After operating for several days in violation of the state's shutdown order, on Tuesday the inspectional services department for the City of Boston ordered the Dorchester store to close immediately.

Union calls for two-week shutdown after three GE workers test positive

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The union at the General Electric aviation plant in Lynn is calling for a two-week shutdown after at least three of its members tested positive for COVID-19, according to IUE-CWA Local 201, which represents about 1,260 workers at the facility.

Gig workers’ path to unemployment insurance unclear

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Self-employed workers got the good news last week that they would be eligible to apply for unemployment — a first for independent contractors. But the bad news is: It's unclear how it will work and how long it will take for workers to get their money.

With shared stations and sick co-workers, employees at GE’s Lynn plant fear for their health

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Second-shift workers in Lynn say they are worried about unsanitary conditions, sick co-workers, and inadequate sick leave. The company said it cleared the building for a two-hour deep-cleaning.