In his new book Tom Juravich takes us behind the statistics of the economic collapse and into the work and lives of Americans who feel like they are being sacrificed At the Altar of the Bottom Line. More

At the Altar of the Bottom Line

About Tom Juravich

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Tom Juravich has been writing about workers and the American workplace for over twenty-five years. He had worked in factories before college and for his Ph. D. research at the University of Massachusetts Juravich worked for 10½ months in a New England wire factory. His reflections were published as Chaos on the Shop Floor: A Worker’s View of Quality, Productivity and Managment (Temple University Press, 1985).

In 1984 Juravich joined the faculty in the Department of Labor Studies at Penn State University and ran a workers’ education program in the Philadelphia area until 1993 when he returned to the University of Massachusetts as a faculty member in the Labor Center. He served as the Director of the Center from 1996 to 2007.

He has continued to research and write broadly about work and labor issues, including union organizing, work and the labor process and union strategic research and campaigns. He is the author of a labor history volume Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters in the History of Massachusetts Workers and Their Unions (with William Hartford and James Green, University of Massachusetts Press); an ethnography of a bitter labor struggle in West Virginia, Ravenswood: The Steelworkers' Victory and the Revival of American Labor (with Kate Bronfenbrenner, ILR/Cornell University Press); and a recently edited volume, The Future of Work in Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts Press).

Tom Juravich is also an accomplished singer and songwriter. His first album Rise Again was released in 1981 by the United Auto Workers (UAW). The title cut which has been called “labor’s new anthem” was included in Pete Seeger’s Carry It On, Rise Up Singing and Sing Out Magazine. Juravich went on to record A World to Win on Flying Fish/Rounder Records. Edward Clark, from the clothing workers’ union who helped sponsor the album wrote, "Your songs smell to me like thread, cloth, factory machine oil, social justice and creative genius."

Also on Flying Fish/Rounder, his album Out of Darkness: The Mine Workers Story, became the soundtrack for a film about the coal-miners’ union. According to the film’s producer, Academy-award winner Barbara Kopple, “Tom Juravich has put together an album that stirs the soul and shakes the body…" A reviewer in Dirty Linen wrote “Tom Juravich is first and foremost a storyteller. He has been traveling the country, hearing and retelling the stories of American sweat and struggle for a long time.”

In 2006 Juravich and Teresa Healy recorded Tangled in our Dreams (Finnegan Music). The AFL-CIO called their rendition of Bread and Roses, “…an unforgettable arrangement of the old labor classic.” Altar of the Bottom Line, sponsored by 17 U.S. based unions was released in 2008 (Finnegan Music). David Kameras of the International Labor Communications Association, writes, “On his latest release, Tom Juravich opens a window on the personal stories of real-life workers, showing a remarkable ability to get into the heads and hearts of his subjects while inviting his listeners to come along for the ride.”