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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In wake of #MeToo, a growing interest in hiring and promoting female executives

By , Globe Staff

The #MeToo movement and resistance to President Trump have put the unequal treatment of women in the spotlight. And as public outcry spreads, corporate America is slowly responding.

Harvard settles suit, will reclassify contractors as staff

By , Globe Staff

About 20 workers at the school’s Center for Wellness will each receive as much as $30,000 in back pay.

Despite gains, ‘motherhood penalty’ persists

By , Globe Staff

Moms have more education and experience than in the past, but the divide in pay vs. childless women has held steady, study shows.

Millennials, white-collar workers bringing new life to unions

By , Globe Staff

In New England, more than half of union members are doctors, lawyers, teachers, architects, and other white-collar employees.