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The Resource At the altar of the bottom line : the degradation of work in the 21st century, Tom Juravich

At the altar of the bottom line : the degradation of work in the 21st century, Tom Juravich

Label
At the altar of the bottom line : the degradation of work in the 21st century
Title
At the altar of the bottom line
Title remainder
the degradation of work in the 21st century
Statement of responsibility
Tom Juravich
Title variation
Altar of the bottom line
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This work is a portrait of the contemporary American workplace. Based on extensive interviews with workers in four different industries, this book takes us behind the statistics of the economic collapse and into the lives of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet and support their families. The author combines oral history with social and economic analysis to provide a vivid account of the multiple challenges presented in today's workplaces. At a Verizon call center in Andover, Massachusetts, customer service reps find themselves overwhelmed by the pace of work and the constant monitoring. They describe a daily routine marked by regimentation, intense pressure to sell, and unrelenting stress. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, undocumented Guatemalans in the fish processing industry are fired if they don't work fast enough, cheated out of wages, and mistreated by supervisors. He describes a brutal immigration raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that divided families and forced workers further underground. He then takes us inside the operating rooms at the Boston Medical Center, where hospital consolidation has brought a new bottom line philosophy that has fundamentally altered the way patient care is delivered. Surgery takes place almost non stop, driving some nurses from their chosen profession and leaving those who remain exhausted. The final case study looks at the shuttering of the Jones Beloit plant in Massachusetts, an internationally known manufacturer of machinery for the paper industry. Despite the best efforts of highly skilled and productive workers to save their plant, it was abruptly closed and they were abandoned after their CEO recklessly became involved in a shaky foreign investment. The author argues that workers face a series of paradoxes in the contemporary American workplace. They can no longer assume that large established firms create good jobs. The new working conditions often resemble what was traditionally associated with marginal and low wage employers. He concludes that we must bring a discussion about the quality of jobs back into the public discourse and that a good jobs strategy is a fundamental building block to economic recovery. Workers' voices are front and center in this book. It includes striking photographs by Paul Shoul and a CD that presents a series of audio documentaries with excerpts from the interviews, as well as four original songs written and performed by the author
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Juravich, Tom
Dewey number
306.3/60973
Illustrations
  • music
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HD8072.5
LC item number
.J87 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Labor
  • Working class
  • Quality of work life
  • Work environment
  • Industrial sociology
Label
At the altar of the bottom line : the degradation of work in the 21st century, Tom Juravich
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Accompanying compact disc contains audio documentaries with excerpts from interviews and four original songs written and performed by Juravich
Accompanying material
1 CD (4 3/4 in.)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Stressed: customer service representatives at Verizon -- Exploited: cutting fish in New Bedford -- Exhausted: nursing at Boston Medical -- Abandoned: the closing of Jones Beloit
Control code
368048636
Dimensions
24 cm +
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
236 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781558497245
Isbn Type
(library cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009034658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
sound disc
System control number
(OCoLC)368048636
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
At the altar of the bottom line : the degradation of work in the 21st century, Tom Juravich
Publication
Note
Accompanying compact disc contains audio documentaries with excerpts from interviews and four original songs written and performed by Juravich
Accompanying material
1 CD (4 3/4 in.)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Stressed: customer service representatives at Verizon -- Exploited: cutting fish in New Bedford -- Exhausted: nursing at Boston Medical -- Abandoned: the closing of Jones Beloit
Control code
368048636
Dimensions
24 cm +
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
236 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781558497245
Isbn Type
(library cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009034658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
sound disc
System control number
(OCoLC)368048636
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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