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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Dating a co-worker? You may need a love contract

By , Globe Staff

As more women speak out about sexual misconduct in the workplace, some employers are tightening their policies about office romance.

Airport contract workers call off Logan strike

By and Margeaux Sippell , Globe Staff and Globe Correspondent

Contract workers at Logan Airport abruptly called off their strike Thursday after two days, but picked up support from local officials who vowed to assist their efforts to unionize.

JetBlue contract workers at Logan Airport go on picket line

By Margeaux Sippell and , Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff

Baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants, cabin cleaners, and skycaps were on a picket line Wednesday. JetBlue said it expected the effect to be minimal.

Airport worker strike set for Wednesday afternoon

By , Globe Staff

Subcontractors for JetBlue Airways and other airlines are protesting intimidation from management as they attempt to organize a union.