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Legislation in the History of Timesizing®
Here we plan, as a resource for economic designers and legislation drafters, to collect the original documents of worktime economics. Note that Emergency (but temporary and unsustainable) worksharing is the big halfway step to permanent and sustainable timesizing. Worksharing imposes on unemployment insurance/jobseeker support funds, while timesizing taxes chronic overtime unless it is quickly transformed into (training&)jobs. (As expectations rise, "chronic" and "quickly" are more tightly defined.) Maine, Michigan and Ohio bring the number of states with worksharing programs to 25 = half the states. Canada has a federal program and most other advanced economies have programs, especially Germany whose Kurz-arbeit (short work) program enabled it to survive the global downspiral-acceleration in 2008-9 virtually intact.
Here's our collection of source legislation so far -
We have copies of the bills listed with hotlinks above. Anyone who can help us with the others will get a credit on this page (and a hotlink if they've got a website) - e-mail us.
- June 2012 - Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Senate Shared-work plan - Senate Bill 1094: Summary as Enrolled: 6/24-25/2012 #1
- February 2012 - USA Federal Government's *Summary of The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 -
scan down to Subtitle DóShort-Time Compensation Program (Sec. 2161 & ff.)
- January 2012 - *Maine's State Work-sharing Legislation
- October 2003 - South Korea's proposed workweek reduction from 44 to 40 hours, overall design: 10/18-20/2003 #2.
- 2000 - *EU Working Time Directive consolidated version integrating the 2000 amendment (*original 1993 version), source credit to Leo Wetula
- the Dutch and Italian bills that make part-time the equivalent of full-time in regard to benefits
- 1999 - France's 35-hour workweek bill, following up on the 39-hour workweek bill of 1982 = here is the text of France's 35-hour law, the *Aubry Law II - sleuth credit to Robert Solmer of San Diego
- 1997 - U.S. Dellums-Conyers 35-hour workweek bill - H.R. 1050
- 1996-97 - the Robien Law of France: tax perks for voluntary job creation via corporate workweek reduction
- 1988 - Gene McCarthy's campaign proposal for converting government overtime into jobs
- 1964 - Walter Reuther's proposal for "fluctuating adjustment of the workweek" (varying against unemployment) from the UAW Convention in Atlantic City
- 1938 - the workweek capping sections of the *Federal Labor Standards Act: 44 hours in 1938, 42 in 1939, 40 in 1940 (the "40/40/40 plan")
- 1933 - the Black 30-hour workweek bill that passed the U.S. Senate on April 6, the Black-Perkins compromise, and the House version by Black and Connery that got stalled in committee
- 1930-32 - the legislation of Hoover as President that limited government employees' workweek to 44, then 40 hours
- 1922-23 - the actual correspondence with Judge Gary and the other barons of Big Steel by which Hoover as Harding's Sec. of Commerce embarrassed them into cutting their workweek from 84 to 48 hours a week
- 1912 - the actual platform plank of the Progressive ("Bullmoose") Party regarding the 40-hour workweek for continuous-production manufacturing and for women and children
- 1902-03 - the arbitration that limited the workday in U.S. mining to 9 hours under Teddy Roosevelt
- Jan/1863 - the actual original wording of the bill that ended the unlimited workweek (the U.S. Emancipation Proclamation) and hopefully the British version (1824) as well
British legislation: See article on 9/23-24/2012 #6.
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