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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Chipotle fined $1.3 million for child labor violations in Mass.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill has been hit with a $1.3 million fine for an estimated 13,253 child labor violations at its more than 50 Massachusetts restaurants, the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday.

Harvard professors offer sweeping plan to overhaul US labor laws

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Two Harvard Law School faculty members unveiled a sweeping proposal that envisions labor unions designed for the modern workforce.

More employers are offering parents a chance to bring their babies to work

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For a growing number of workers across the country, having a baby doesn’t set off the customary scramble to arrange child care — at least not right away. That’s because they are employed by the 300-plus organizations that allow employees to bring their infants to work.

First woman, and person of color, to head labor council

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For the first time in its 62-year history, the Greater Boston Labor Council has elected a woman, and a person of color, as its leader.