Tom Juravich

Professor, Interim Director of the Labor Center
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Professor Tom Juravich received a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1984 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1984 to 1993 he was on the faculty of the Department of Labor Studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he directed a workers’ education program in the greater Philadelphia area. Juravich joined the UMass Labor Center in 1993, and from 1996 to 2007 served as Director of the Center. In 1995 he was part of a team that founded the Union Leadership and Administration (ULA) program, a limited-residency Master’s program for union officers, activists and staff, serving as its director from 1995 to 2007.

Juravich’s research interests include strategic corporate research and campaigns, work and the labor process, union organizing and union and working class culture. His current research includes completing a book (with Teresa Healy) on immigrant workers who organized a blockade after an auto parts plant shutdown; an analysis of attitudes towards unions in the U.S; re-examining notions of worker skill in the closing of a furniture factory; and a history of the song, “Bread and Roses.” Juravich is also the designer and webmaster for www.StrategicCorporateResearch.org, a comprehensive website for conducting corporate research in the U.S. and Canada.

His books include: Tom Juravich, Chaos on the Shop Floor: A Worker’s View of Quality, Productivity, and Management (Temple University Press, 1985); Kate Bronfenbrenner and Tom Juravich, Union Organizing in the Public Sector: An Analysis of State and Local Elections (ILR Press, 1995); Tom Juravich, William Hartford and James Green, Commonwealth of Toil: Chapters in the History of Massachusetts Workers and Their Unions (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996); Tom Juravich and Kate Bronfenbrenner, Ravenswood: The Steelworkers’ Victory and the Revival of American Labor (ILR/Cornell University Press, 1999); Tom Juravich (ed.) The Future of Work in Massachusetts (University of Massachusetts Press, 2007); Tom Juravich, At the Altar of the Bottom Line: The Degradation of Work in the 21st Century (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009).

Juravich is on the editorial boards of the New Labor Forum and the Labor Studies Journal and was a founding member of Local 1000 of the American Federation of Musicians. A singer and songwriter, Juravich’s latest CDs, Altar of the Bottom Line (2007) and Tangled in Our Dreams (with Teresa Healy) (2006) were released by Finnegan Music.

Juravich teaches Issues and Debates in the Contemporary Labor Movement, Labor Research, Work and the Labor Process, Labor and Work in the United States, Working Class and Labor Movement Cultures, and Advanced Corporate Research.