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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The cost of the Stop & Stop strike: as much as $10 million a day

By and , Globe Staff

Parent company Ahold Delhaize said that the 11-day walkout that ended Sunday would cut operating profit by $90 million to $110 million in the second quarter.

Stop & Shop agreement seen as a win for workers

By , Globe Staff

If a proposed contract is approved, current workers would maintain benefits, while new part-time hires would see reductions in pension benefits and premium pay on Sundays.

Stop & Shop says stores are open but may have limited services

By , and Breanne Kovatch , Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent

There was no indication from the United Food and Commercial Workers union regarding when the ratification vote will be held, though a spokesman said the vote will take place as soon as possible.

Tentative deal reached between Stop & Shop, striking workers

By and John Hilliard , Globe staff and Globe correspondent

After a 10-day strike, Stop & Shop and its workers have reached a tentative agreement, bringing an end to a work stoppage that crippled New England’s largest grocery chain.