Western Work

Western Work is a High Country News series produced in collaboration with The Guardian. The COVID-19 pandemic, technology, emerging industries and a changing climate have drastically morphed the labor force of the country —and particularly in the West. The Western Work series tells the story of workers whose jobs are emerging, adapting or fading and captures a mosaic of such a central quality to Western life: work.

When a full-time job isn’t enough
When a full-time job isn’t enough
Workers in Phoenix experience higher rates of inflation than the rest of the country. Healthcare workers, in particular, are experiencing the pinch.
‘What’s the point if we’re not protecting each other?’
‘What’s the point if we’re not protecting each other?’
How scientists of color are disrupting the rules of historically colonial institutions in STEM and academia.
Why the country’s largest shellfish farm is struggling to hire and retain workers
Why the country’s largest shellfish farm is struggling to hire and retain workers
And how it’s dealing with climate change and housing costs to make back-breaking work a little easier.
The Punjabi truck drivers working in limbo
The Punjabi truck drivers working in limbo
Like thousands of others in California, Gurpreet Singh builds a life in the West while reporting to ICE, awaiting immigration proceedings and longing for a sense of home.
How a medical examiner’s office transformed to address migrant death
How a medical examiner’s office transformed to address migrant death
Amid a shortage of forensic pathologists, Arizona’s Pima County has identified thousands of those who lost their lives in the Borderlands.
What’s lost when a family-owned diner closes for good?
What’s lost when a family-owned diner closes for good?
A Southern Utah establishment joins the staggering number of mom-and-pop restaurants shuttering across America.
Disasters are changing the role of educators
Disasters are changing the role of educators
Meet the assistant superintendent leading a rural district through wildfire and COVID-19.
Western workers fight for better conditions
Western workers fight for better conditions
Ski patrollers, grocery clerks and teachers organize for fair wages and support for their jobs.
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