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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How much effort does it take to fill one job?

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As the labor shortage stretches on, a $15-per-hour kitchen position in Concord, with benefits, has gone unfilled for two years.

EF teachers to vote on union contract

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The group is the first in the country to form a collective bargaining unit at the international education company.

Overlooked workers are finding it easier to land jobs

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People with limited English skills, disabilities, and criminal records are in increasing demand as companies struggle to fill jobs.

More fathers are protesting unequal treatment at work

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A Lowell lawsuit alleges a supervisor dismissed a man’s childcare responsibilities as “only babysitting.”