Timesizing, Not Downsizing
Timesizing ®  not downsizing
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TIMESIZING means more jobs due to shorter hours, and higher pay because you cut resumé pileups. 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, *Occupiers, *G8, *ClubofRome, *Bucky, *Chomsky, *Greens, *3rdWay, *UN, *WB, *IMF...
Un(der)employed? Irked by all these eternal megaprobs & bored with the same ol' *crises? Well here's one fully developed solution, Timesizing. Its 5 phases provide a pattern for upgrades & an improving regional, national & global future of 500 years. To save the world, you can't start with hunger: no one with money is hungry; you can't start with poverty: no one with a good job is poor. Take care of JOBS and the rest of the economy will take care of itself. This is the oldest & biggest website on achieving full employment. We have 11 years of quantitative & anecdotal data, with all standard objections answered. Most of our comments are qikis - saving the world has gotta be fun this time! We're retro with steampunk text but we load fast. Timesizing itself is an economic design for sustainable, market-based jobs by making the workweek lower while making high tech higher. See also our time trilogy.
    August 20, 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) -
          (free consulting to writers interested in setting novels or plays with higher technology and 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. Germany's Short Work Week, Kurzarbeit, Moving East, Wall Street Journal (blog) via blogs.wsj.com
      PRAGUE, Czech Republic - ...The Czech government, labor unions and business leaders this week found initial consensus for the short-time regime, called kurzarbeit in German, that prevents companies from rapidly reducing head counts and worsening local labor markets due to macroeconomic downturns... The plan helped Germany survive the downturn following Europe’s initial financial crises, but the jury is still out whether this remains a long-term economic solution... - see whole article under today's date.
      [Of course it's not a long-term solution; It's short-term, because it depends on the jobseekers' fund aka unemployment insurance. It's a short-term emergency solution that is halfway to a long-term version with independent organically related funding, namely, Timesizing.]
    2. A Compelling Case for Shorter Work Weeks, Small Business Trends via smallbiztrends.com
      WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Overall productivity and disposable income seem to increase as annual hours worked lessen. Also workers with more free time tend to be more loyal, are healthier and can ultimately be more productive and valuable in the long run... - see whole article under today's date.
    3. Federal court confirms employers may define workweeks to limit overtime pay [without aligning them with pay periods or informing employees of what they are], Kelley Drye & Warren LLP via Lexology.com
      WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...This decision should serve as a reminder to employers to review their workweek policies to ensure that the workweek is not only clearly defined, but also defined in a way that is most economical to the company... - see whole article under today's date.
      [At least redefinition of the workweek is affirmed here, if only in the one-sided, consumption&circulation&market-eroding interest of the employer. Now it's time to move toward full employment, so these information-withholding and compulsively employee-scanting employers can be disciplined by employee departures.]
    4. 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
      • 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, big CITU union is pushing for 35-hour workweek
      • 4th-largest economy Germany 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 of liberal thinktank CEPR publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly; Kevin Hassett of conservative thinktank American Enterprise Institute dishes bipartisan PR with Dean; Bob LaJeunesse of the EEOC penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
      • 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.
            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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