Stephenie Overman

Stephenie Overman

Stephenie Overman is a longtime freelance reporter based in Northern Virginia who writes extensively about labor and employment issues. She’s written for Fortune, Forbes, Salon, MarketWatch, Virginia Business and the Los Angeles Business Journal as well as dozens of other publications and websites. She’s author of the book “Next Generation Wellness at Work” and a regional coordinator for the Society of Professional Journalists.

Virginia is battleground in baristas’ organizing fight

By: - April 17, 2023

The biggest morale boost for Richmond Starbucks barista Tyler Hofmann is when customers make up names like “union solidarity” to identify their orders. “It gets printed out and [employees] have to call out union stuff in the café,” he said. That opens up an opportunity for discussion about workers’ ongoing grievances against the specialty coffee […]

Virginia, West Va. Kroger employees allege computer-generated wage theft

By: - March 7, 2023

Kroger employees in Virginia and West Virginia are pursuing a class-action suit against the grocery giant, alleging that bugs in the company’s new payroll software system cheat them out of their rightful wages. The class-action lawsuit filed in Richmond in January is one of four filed by employees in five states against the country’s largest […]

In Virginia, ‘patchwork’ of ordinances makes public-sector organizing a maze

By: - January 16, 2023

Jan. 17 is the date when Prince William County teachers and staff will begin voting on whether to join the growing number of public-sector workers who have maneuvered through Virginia’s maze of collective bargaining ordinances. Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers employed by state and local governments belong to a union, compared to only 7% of […]