An exciting announcement
And a new look! Workday Minnesota is now Workday Magazine.
✨ We have an exciting announcement! ✨
The Workday Minnesota team has decided to change our name to “Workday Magazine.” This shift reflects that we are expanding to cover labor in other states in the Midwest—a region facing intense exploitation and organizing drives that deserves far more in-depth reporting. There are so many amazing journalists covering labor struggles today, and we hope to make a unique contribution to this broader renaissance.
We’re also going to be doing more coverage of global issues, like climate change and U.S. militarism, with a focus on how they impact workers. The premise is that all labor is both hyper-local and international in nature, so it’s important to cover both angles—and always from the perspective of workers, to hold the rich and powerful accountable. But don’t worry: Minnesota will always be at the heart of our coverage. Our dedication to covering the Minnesota labor movement isn’t going anywhere! Most of our journalism staff will still be based here, and we’ll do just as much coverage as before. We are adding, not subtracting!
Along with this change comes another one. We’re excited to welcome our new editor, Sarah Lazare, who has been a journalist for 10 years, and joins us from In These Times, where she was both an editor and a reporter. Sarah lives in Chicago, where she documents labor struggles in the Midwest, and examines how U.S. militarism and climate change affect poor and working people around the world.
Sarah’s work was cited in a 2021 Congressional letter by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and her writing has been featured in The Nation, The American Prospect, The Intercept, and other national publications. Sarah's expertise will help Workday elevate the voices of Minnesota and Midwest workers, as well as their struggles, victories, and culture, to a national stage.
Sarah’s excited to be joining a brilliant staff, and to build from the foundation laid by Filiberto Nolasco Gomez, the outgoing editor, and the amazing journalists and editors who’ve been running this stellar publication for 22 years.
And she’s not the only new staffer coming on. Stay tuned to this newsletter for an upcoming announcement of a fabulous Minneapolis-based reporter who will be joining us soon! We’re thrilled to be growing our small and mighty team, and thankful to our readers for your loyalty.
Check out our website’s new look for now. And read two new stories!
Here’s Sarah’s first piece for Workday, published in partnership with The American Prospect, about how a conservative astroturf organization has been helping roll back child labor laws, using the “labor shortage” as a justification.
And a piece by me, where I interview Carolyn Olson about her essential worker portraits series. I also reflect on the saccharine “hero” narratives we tell about the pandemic’s “essential workers” who have been forced to sacrifice health, security—and even their lives—for “the economy.”
Thank you for your patience through change! We are each other’s harvest.