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...
Since 1998, we've been tracking the mainline of human freedom, Free Time, without which the other freedoms are irrelevant or inaccessible. Next to avoiding a nuclear exchange, this is our Number One strategic priority, because it gives everyone more job-security-based Free Time to take on all the other urgent priorities that are threatening the planet. This website also outlines a market-oriented way to dissolve the freedom-threatening black hole in the money supply symbolized by Wall Street, plus a way to control inflation without clobbering growth. It's the biggest & oldest website on achieving worksharing-based full employment without runaway inflation but with maximum consumer confidence, marketable productivity, solid investments and financially secure Free Time. It's retro, always a day or two late, but it loads fast & has no ads. See also our backgrounders.
    March 3, 2015, Tuesday's news on Mon'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 boost 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) -
          (Free consulting to writers interested in setting novels or plays with higher technology & lower workweeks, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
      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. Businesses Balk at Obamacare Definition of Full-Time Work - Some say defining full-time work as 30 hours per week limits worker flexibility and hurts the service industry, U.S. News & World Report via usnews.com
      [With all businesses and industries (except weapons manufacturers) complaining about weak markets, isn't it time to quit worrying so much about hurting industry and worry more about hurting markets by stinting your employees?]
      NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - The controversy over what counts as a full-time job under the Affordable Care Act continues, especially for those in the service industry. ...Gary Burtless, an economist who researches the labor market policy at the Brookings Institution, said changing the [30-hour figure] would hurt workers, not help them. By raising the amount of hours classifying a full-time employee to 40 hours a week, [many more] employers are incentivized to cut workers hours [say, to 39] to avoid providing health insurance, he said. Since those who work 40 hours per week represent a larger part of the workforce, the proposed alterations would do more harm than good... - see whole article under today's date.
    2. Changes ahead for local library opening hours, Ulster Star via LisburnToday.co.uk
      LISBURN, N.Ireland, UK - ...The proposal is that libraries in Band One would open for 54 hours per week; those in Band Two would open for 50 hours per week; those in Band Three would open for 45 hours per week; those in Band Four would open for 40 hours per week; those in Band Five would open for 35 hours per week; those in Band Six would open for 28 hours per week; those in Band Seven would open for 25 hours per week; and libraries in Band Eight would be open for 18 hours per week... - see whole article under today's date.
      [Here's a palette of possible workweeks if ever there was one! It'd be nice to know the breakdown in each case: f.ex., do 54,50,45,40,35,28,25,18 = 6x9hr days, 5x10, 5x9, 5x8, 5x7, 4x7, 5x5 and 3x6 respectively?]
    3. BONUS update - *System requirement? Hourscuts not jobcuts or no markets for robots' output? by Phil Hyde, swt.me
      • 1st-largest-GDP, 3rd-pop, USA now has 56% of 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 Sarkozy
      • 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 can't simply project a pre-computer 40-hour workweek indefinitely 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.
            Timesizing’s 3rd way is centrist and deep green, not just light or pinkish green like the Green Party's grocery list of ad hoc, unintegrated & unprioritized issues. Timesizing satisfies the right with smaller government and bigger firmer markets & the left with a simpler stronger social safety net that makes the right clean up their own recessions instead of continuously inducing them by privatizing and concentrating profits & nationalizing and centrifuging losses. Our Timesizing solution is based on working models, American history (especially 1933), on economic design, on ecology, and on worktime economics, linguistics, Limits to Growth, and Buckminster Fuller.  The deep green center is the future, and we strategize for the next 100-500 years, not just the next quarterly report or four-year presidential term. Our site is always under construction. *Asterisked links take you *outside our site.

    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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