Timesizing, Not Downsizing
Timesizing ®  not downsizing
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TIMESIZING means more jobs due to shorter hours, and higher pay cuz you give employees options. It means cutting workweeks to spread work (& markets), instead of cutting jobs (& markets!). Its emergency form, WORK SHARING, is already saving jobs. It's the missing plan of *youth,*women,*blacks,*UN,*ILO, *G8,*ClubofRome,*Bucky,*Chomsky, *Greens,*3rdWay,*WB,*IMF,*OECD...
This website translates what must be done into the self-interest of the super-rich. They think they're in touch, but inevitably they're self-insulating and isolating. Why shouldn't things be a little easier for them? After all, they've achieved what we've all been conditioned to think is the ultimate goal, to become rich. But today the money supply is so concentrated, there's too little outside the financial sector in relatively very fast & diverse circulation to stabilize the value of the of the ma$$ive 'black hole' inside the financial sector in relatively slow & big-bucks circulation. This website outlines a market-oriented way to correct that. It's the biggest & oldest website on achieving full employment without runaway inflation but with maximum consumer confidence, marketable productivity and solid investments. It's retro but it loads fast & has no ads. See also our backgrounders.
    November 26, 2014, Wednesday's news on Tue's events: more valium, based on trend-drowned up-arcs, from media moguls who can't cloak unsettling signs of a diagonally downward spiral, despite tilt from overly forgiving economic indexes, all tracked in our doom du jour section right below our hope du jour = small beginnings of real recovery -

      hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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      Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, and despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized and yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses and governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
    1. In France, New Review Of 35-Hour Workweek, New York Times via nytimes.com
      [Yes, la vielle France is having another attack of The Stupids but not in the direction the mainstream narrative thinks -]
      PARIS, France - ...More than a decade after it was introduced, the 35-hour workweek still projects an image of France as being one of the most laid-back places in the world to work. In most of the rest of the eurozone, the 40-hour workweek is standard. But in reality, France’s 35-hour week has become largely symbolic, as employees across the country pull longer hours and work more intensely, with productivity per hour about 13 percent higher than the eurozone average. And a welter of loopholes lets many French employers outmaneuver the law. All told, French workers put in an average of 39.5 hours a week, just under the eurozone average of 40.9 hours a week... The law has not improved an unemployment rate that, at 10.2%, hovers near a high...
      [You can't blame the law for that because you've just admitted that IT'S NOT ENFORCED. And 10.2% unemployment is hardly "hovering near a high" - its 12.6% level in 1997 was what motivated French voters to move beyond the voluntary and flexible Robien Law to the mandatory Jospin law, which had a sloppy overtime design from the gitgo and was put off several times but STILL reduced unemployment from 12.6% in 1997 to 8.6% in 2001 before the US-led recession hit France and pushed unemployment back up to 10-point-something, where it has remained ever since despite repeated waves of weakening the law by trapped-in-the-box thinkers like ex-prez Sarkozy. Truth is, those who yak most about liberté are the most scared of it - they are control freaks who want to sink back to longer work hours and less free time, which is the most basic freedom of all, without which the other freedoms are either inaccessible or meaningless. The 35-hour workweek has yet to be enforced with #1 the implementation of a good overtime-to-training&hiring conversion process and #2 the further reduction of the workweek as far as it takes to trigger enough convertible overtime to yield full employment and maximum domestic consumer spending, every economies' unused foundation for stability and, via the multiplier effect, platform for growth aka upsizing. They sure aren't getting it from downsizing and relapsing to longer hours in the age of AI and robotics. And right here in the very next sentence is the proof that even shorter hours are needed -]
      Nor does it address a deeper challenge in the French workplace: the rising use of part-time contracts... - see whole article under today's date.
      [So in France as everywhere else that does not have a controlled and anticipatory system for lowering worktime while heightening technology, shorter hours are happening anyway but not the best way that retains jobs & consumer spending & markets - yes folks, it grow your workweek and shrink your economy, while bloating your financial sector which owns the media so you never get the straight story.]
    2. Indonesian Government Considers Reducing Working Hours for Women, GlobalIndonesianVoices.com or GIVnews.com
      [Sexist? Well, back in 1912, ex-Pres. Teddy "Call me Theodore!" Roosevelt né Republican, now "Bull Moose" party leader, advocated a shorter workweek for two situations: continuous-production industries and FOR WOMEN.]
      JAKARTA, Indonesia – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has suggested that the daily working hours for female employees be reduced by two hours. The work hour reduction is needed in order for women to have more time in preparing their children for the future... On a separate occasion, Minister for Administrative Reform Yuddy Chrisnandi has welcomed the VP’s suggestion to reduce the number of working hours for women... - see whole article under today's date.
      [Yay for Yuddy!]
    3. BONUS update - *System requirement? Hourscuts replace jobcuts else no markets for robot output, by Phil Hyde, swt.me
      • 1st-largest-GDP, 3rd-pop, USA now has half its states with worksharing and plenty of *success stories, as USA moves toward a new part-time "normal" (meaning we should be lowering our legal definition of "full time" as high tech & under-employment rise - US Postal Service has recently saved itself by cutting hours, not locations, & now 1000s of US companies of over 50 employees are cutting to 29 hours/week to duck Obamacare premiums = right deed for wrong reason
      • 1st-largest-GDP, 3rd-pop, USA now has half its states with worksharing and plenty of *success stories, as USA moves toward a new part-time "normal" (meaning we should be lowering our legal definition of "full time" as high tech & under-employment rise - US Postal Service has recently saved itself by cutting hours, not locations, & now 1000s of US companies of over 50 employees are cutting to 29 hours/week to duck Obamacare premiums = right deed for wrong reason
      • In 1st-largest population, 2nd-largest GDP, China, the Hong Kong SAR is discussing a statutory workweek
      • In 2d-largest population, 9th-largest GDP, India, the big CITU union is pushing for 35-hour workweek
      • 4th-largest economy Germany was saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs &wages &markets &investment
      • 5th-largest economy France saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic Sarcozy
      • 9th-largest (incl.subnat'l) California moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
      • SWT (shorter worktime per person) has three advocates with economic PhDs inside the Washington DC beltway: Dean Baker at liberal CEPR who publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly; Kevin Hassett at conservative American Enterprise Institute who dishes bipartisan advocacy with Dean; and Bob LaJeunesse at the EEOC who wrote "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009; plus Jared Bernstein at CBPP whose PhD is in social welfare
      • SWT has an advocate at MIT: Engineering Prof. Nicholas Ashford presented "Crises in Employment, Consumption, Economic Growth & Environment: Can a *Shorter Workweek and Greener Economy Provide Relief?" in March 2013

      Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the corresponding willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it isn't, and doesn't, work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.

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Timesizing means full employment without makework, falling wages, or rising price levels.
How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy & a new worktime economics where, 100 years from now, people will be...
  • repeating our basic economic slogan - "No Overtime Alone!" - in other words, if a manager 'needs' overtime (OT), s/he either hires temps or makes sure the skill bottleneck behind OT gets opened up by setting up OT-targeted training
  • asking one another, "What's the workweek this month?" - in other words, work pressures are dynamically shared as incoming technology cuts their duration but boosts their stress
  • accommodating workoholics while blocking inflation, by unleashing "love to work" incentive (deflationary) while capping the money motive (inflationary), & balancing the two...
  • For over nine years (1999-2004 and 2009-), we at the Timesizing Wire have been tracking what's rancid beneath the "recovery" via the top 2 U.S. newspapers, the Wall St. Journal on the right & the New York Times on the left with occasional input from the London Economist on the right, the Boston Globe on the left, Canada's national paper, the Toronto Globe & Mail, and regional papers around Ottawa & Québec. We pick up timesizing stories mainly from Google News Search. From 2005 to 2008, we paused to establish a Canadian branch when the USA failed to dump the kamekazi Bush regime, and now that the US is back to the slower Democratic rate of self-deterioration, we've resumed our daily updates.
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    the problem, vs.
    the timesizing solution
             (in deteriorating stages)                               (in stepped enhancements)                    
  • long workweek; short vacation
  • clue 1
  • electronic democracy vs PACs & lobbyists
  • downsizing; makework
  • market reinvestment vs corporate welfare
  • takeoversbankruptcy;  prison
  • clue 2
  • job&wage insurance vs gov't jobs programs
  • unemployment homelessness
  • geared to problem vs emotional guesswork
  • vanishing retirement disability
  • clue 3
  • plugging leaks vs Stinnes and Malthus
  • suicides;  headlines from hell
  • transitions vs abrupt cures worse than disease

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