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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Gas explosions put spotlight on National Grid lockout, safety

By , Globe Staff

The Merrimack Valley disaster could give locked-out union workers leverage over a company that doesn’t want to risk a catastrophe of its own.

State leaders increase focus on National Grid labor standoff

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Governor Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey turned their attention to the labor standoff this week before Thursday’s gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley.


Need to turn off the gas, or electricity, or water? Here’s how.

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The explosions in the Merrimack Valley were a wake-up call for those of us who don’t know the first thing about the shut-off valves in our basements.

Hotel workers authorize strike

By , Globe Staff

Unite Here Local 26 union members took a strike authorization vote Wednesday against Marriott, the largest hotel chain in Boston.