In our January + February 2022 cover story, we attempted to answer a simple question: What the hell happened to labor since the pandemic began? It wasn’t one thing. But this package—through series of worker stories as told in their own voices, interviews with experts, and dissections of media narratives—attempts to make sense of the moment. Below, you’ll find a series of stories that help make sense of what we’ve taken to calling the Big Quit.

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