Green’s Dictionary of Slang

worky n.

also workie
[SE work]

an employed person.

[US]Scioto Gazette 1 Sept. 2/5: He has been a ‘workie’ from his boyhood upward [DA].
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ G’hals of N.Y. 75: Wot wos it that first induced bosses to cut down the wages of the workies so low, that it’s nex’ to impossible for the poor things to live wirtuous and honest [...] – willainy!
[US]Century Mag. 25 788: Take away this rest-day, and you [...] turn us into a nation of mere ‘workies’ .
[US]Knickerbocker (N.Y.) Aug. 138: There is no poetry in the woodpecker [...] He is a practical body — a regular ‘worky’ .
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 73: Temps resents dole-moles having a good time, like all workies do.
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 424: It felt like hugging a workie’s pneumatic drill.