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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Man removed from underneath Red Line train

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A person was struck by a train at the MBTA’s Fields Corner station in Dorchester, leading to the suspension of service for a short time on the Ashmont line.

National Grid union workers OK contract, ending lockout

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Workers voted Monday to approve a contract agreement between the utility and two United Steelworkers locals, ending a lockout that kept 1,250 employees out of work for six months.

National Grid workers say holding firm on contract demands ‘the right thing’

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About 1,250 union workers had been locked out by the company for more than six months.

National Grid, union reach tentative agreement to end lockout

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National Grid and the United Steelworkers reached a tentative agreement to end a six-month lockout of 1,250 union workers, the utility and the unions announced late Wednesday night.