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hopes/dooms du jour, December/2002 + Nov.30
[Commentary] ©2002 Phil Hyde, The Timesizing Wire, Box 117, Harvard Sq, Cambridge MA 02238 USA (617) 623-8080 - HOMEPAGE


12/31/2002  tue
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• eAssist software of San Diego, • Gateway PCs of Poway CA & • Mgmt Recruiters of Cleveland are all cutting worktime instead of workforce this holiday season
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
2 DOWNsizings, totaling 500 +?? lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 500 jobcuts by Hanover Compressor   • unspecified cuts by Tasty Baking
+ summary of takeovers: • corruption distracted US CEOs from merger distractions, so Europe now has more
+ 2 bankruptcies in WSJ &/or NYT: • Borden Chemicals & Plastics/BCP Mgmt   • Integrated Health Services
+ 1 prison item: • Philly in 80s loosed horde of dangerous criminals cuz judge ruled its jails were too crowded
+ partially work-related suicide data: • known suicide attempts in RI averaged 27/mon last spring & summer
+ headlines from helltm • decrease in welfare cases is reversing   • Dow industrials near worst year since '77  
• US dollar losing out as safe harbor

6-mon roll-up, jan-jun/2002, based on NYT & Boston Globe (BG):
267 tmsz(440+ new or sav'd jobs)+74 upsz(28637+ new jobs=5%) + 7 makwrk (??+ new 'jobs')
total 29077 = 5% of cuts, VERSUS 366 dnsz(566878+)+90 bkrp($48.3B+)+36 hmls+42 jail+19 suic

+ 6-mon roll-up, jul-dec/2002, based on NYT & Wall Street Journal (WSJ):
255 timsizng (82790+ new or sav'd jobs) + 67 upsizngs (73021+ new jobs) + 22 makwrk (219400+ new 'jobs')
total 375211 = 74% of cuts, VERSUS 438 dnsz (509448+ cuts) + 131 bnkrp ($55.6B+) + 33 homlss + 38 prisn + 28 kills

year-end roll-up - (half-year end)
- the second full-year anniversary of our timesizing news tracking -
ytd = jan-dec/2002 based on NYT & BG (first 6-mons) or WSJ (last 6-mons)

523 timesizing stories (83230+ new jobs) + 141 upsizings (101658+ new jobs)
+ 29 makework episodes (219400 new"jobs"), total 404288 = only 38% of 1076326 jobcuts
vs. 804 downsizings (1076326+) +221 bankruptcies ($103.9B+) +69 homelessness stories +81 prison stories +47 fatalities
compare last year, jan-dec/2001, based on NYT & Boston Globe:
404 timesizings/sharework +164 upsizings (194,907+ new jobs = 10% of jobcuts) + 59 untakovrs (over $138B)
+ 8 makework episodes (100,000+ new "jobs"), total 294,907 = 15% of jobcuts
vs. 1418 downsizings/cutwork (1,921,040 jobcuts +??) + 196 bankruptcies
+ 1,463 takeovers (total $1 trillion +??)

12/28-30/2002 sat-mon (re fri biz)
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing awareness in the news:
• trend consultant visualizes 4-day workweek movement in 2003, called Family Fridays
• conducing toward shorter worktime this year is Xmas&NewYear's falling on Wednesdays
+ vaguer hope: • letter hits economists for growth fixation  • op ed hits Americans for tax whining
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
3 DOWNsizings, totaling 690 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) & NY Times (NYT):
• 9% workforce cut (500 lost jobs) as Applied Biosystems gene analysis overreacts to financing delays, instead of just trimming its workweek 9% (to five 7#188;-hr days for whole company including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together working, earning & spending 91% as much as usual
• 127 jobcuts by Sara Lee   • 63 by American Ecology  
+ makework rampant: • Peace Corps gets kicked out of Russia - where to, now?
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ & NYT: • Blyth candles of Conn. scrubs its UK unit, the Wax Lyrical chain  
+ work-related suicide: • suicides have risen 47% over past decade in Japan, & half are economy-related
+ headlines from helltm • NYT editorializes on recent unseparation of Church & State

weekend roll-up from the WSJ & the NYT
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hope of the week
tm

• 9 TIMEsizing stories  • 1 UPsizing

vs.  doom of the weektm
• 13 DOWNsizings, exceeding 3,340 lost jobs   • 1 makework case   • 1 eroded-retirement story  
• 6 bankruptcies   • 1 homelessness story   • 2 prison stories   • 2 work-linked suicide stories

{{ Year-To-Date: 522 timesizing stories (83230+ new jobs) + 141 upsizings (101658+ new jobs) } 28% of dnsz
vs. 29 makework (219400 new "jobs") & 802 dnsz(1075826+) +219 bkrp($103.9B+)+69 hmls+80 prisn+46 fatal }}

12/27/2002  fri
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• Japan overtime keeps rising revealing lack of seriousness about worksharing
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
2 DOWNsizings, totaling 2250 +?? lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 6% workforce cut (2250 net lost jobs) as Agilent test&measurement gear cuts costs (& its customers' customers), instead of just trimming its workweek by 6% (29 minutes a day for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together employed, earning & buying 94% as much stuff as usual
• unspecified cuts as Recoton cuts expenses 10%
+ 4-in-1 bankruptcies in WSJ &/or NYT: • Desert Hot Springs CA
declares, owing $10m, then its mayor, then another City Council member twice
+ headlines from helltm • US holiday sales growth is lowest in years   • in Japan, sales actually fell

12/26/2002  boxing-day Thu
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• AOL Time Warner CEO gives employees 2 extra? days off at Xmas
• WSJ columnist predicts tougher task of balancing work & life
• timesizer Nucor gets a plug with no mention of its timesizing
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
7 +?? DOWNsizings, totaling unspecified lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT), as investment firms closed their hedge funds: • Lipper   • Beacon Hill Asset Mgmt   • White Mountain European Fund   • Henderson Global Investors   • Robeco Groep   • Rourke Capital Mgmt   • Bank Sarasin
+ eroding retirement: • NYT editors take on Treasury Dept for stiffing older employees
+ 3 bankruptcies in WSJ &/or NYT: • Glencore Nickel and Glenmurrin jointly  
• Murrin Murrin Pty   • Anaconda Nickel Holdings
+ 2 prison items: • Michigan drops minimum sentencing for drug 'crimes'
• private company sells prison back to government = beginning of the end of a stupid exp't?

12/25/2002  xmas wed
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• backward French finance minister thinks holidays are bad & long hours let you prove yourself
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
Xmas headlines from helltm • east Germany's job shortage spurs youth-drain to west   • Ruth Lilly gave $120m to Americans for Arts as well as $120m to Poetry mag   • Bush has another 'stimulating' way to give more $$ to rich = dividend taxcuts   • meanwhile he needs higher federal debt limit = borrow&spend Republicanism   • meanwhile the economy is limping &   • investors dba speculators are still pulling back &   • the 'giant sucking sound' is getting louder, even in hi tech  
+ 1 work-related assisted suicide: • doctor tests Dutch euthanasia laws, gets ruled-against but not penalized

12/24/2002  tue
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• Japan cracks down on overtime, which is up 150% from 10 years ago
• Boston Fire Dept. doesn't crack down & US Park Service cracks down too late
+ vaguer hope: • 1 UPsizing - unspecified new jobs as Amgen builds biodrug plant in RI  
• Java is IN   • hybrids are IN   • shaking Arches down is OUT
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
1 DOWNsizing, totaling 400 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 0.5% workforce cut (400 lost Euro jobs) as Opel tries to turn around its plague of losses, instead of just trimming its workweek by 0.5% (2½ minutes a day for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together employed, earning & buying 99.5% as many cars as usual
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ &/or NYT: • board of directors(!) of Banco Bisel files (in Lat Am?)  
+ homelessness in the news: • New York is paying $2900 a month to house each of 2000 homeless families in apartments all over the city   • reader calls for even more shelters & services = more bandaids, never mind the unchecked source of the problem

12/21-23/2002 sat-mon (re fri biz)
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing awareness in the news:
• another take on big German union's rejection of ½-hr increase in workweek
+ vaguer hope: • Jewish professors keep divestment drive alive & pro-Semitic   • 1000s of Americans are chipping-in $1 apiece to make up for Bush's $34m stiffing of UN population fund
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
headlines from helltm • Big Brother (1984) has finally arrived   • who is Big Bro? CEOs & their paymasters
• potential checks like stock analysts & economists are just pollyannas
• 1 in 5 Americans have backed away from the stock market & 1 in 10 Europeans
• when USA lectures others on corruption, they laugh & say "physician, heal thyself!"
+ 2 bankruptcies in WSJ & NYT: • US Mineral Products dba Isolatek Int'l   • RFS Ecusta & RFS US
+ homelessness in the news: • maybe Bloomberg kept using the jail after all, now wants try cruise ships

weekend roll-up from the WSJ & the NYT
** 5 issues/wk - avg homepage hits per issue this week: 59 **
**  we offer free consulting to novelists or playwrights interested in
setting stories in timesizing or beyond-timesizing future-worlds**
hope of the week
tm

• 13 TIMEsizing stories 

vs.  doom of the weektm
• 15 DOWNsizings, exceeding 21,443 lost jobs  
• 1 eroded-retirement story   • 7 bankruptcies, owing over $6.5B   • 2 homelessness stories   • 1 prison story  

{{ Year-To-Date: 513 timesizing stories (83230+ new jobs) + 140 upsizings (101658+ new jobs) } 28% of dnsz
vs. 28 makework (219400 "jobs") & 789 dnsz(1072486+) +213 bkrp($103.9B+)+68 hmls+78 prisn+44 fatal }}

12/20/2002  fri
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• federal jury decides first of 40 cases against Wal-Mart for unpaid overtime
• shorter workweek candidate Roh Moo-hyun wins South Korea's presidential election
• France rolls 35-hr week back to 39 (& France's 9% unemployment starts back to 13%)
• big German union blocks Schroeder's attempt to raise workweek from 38.5 to 39 hours
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
2 DOWNsizings, totaling 2,675 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 2400 jobcuts by Verizon, citing competition, economic & telecom slump   • 275 by Duke Energy  
+ banking takeovers: • a particularly bad one - Calif.'s 3rd-largest bank takes over a Calif. insurance firm
+ eroding retirement: • Navistar has been selling its own stock to its own underfunded pension plan
• it took a congressional committee to make bankrupt Global Crossing chairman Gary Winnick
make good on the vanished employee-contributed portion of their 401k
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ &/or NYT: • Hitachi Seiki in Ch. 11  
+ headlines from helltm • cheerleader-economists 'strain' to portray surging gold prices as Good Thing

12/19/2002  thu
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• Hooker Furniture cuts to 35-hr workweek to avoid layoffs
• 56% of US healthcare firms use shorter wks to attract/retain staff
• London official trots out old justification for loose immigration - long hrs
• new French gov't determined to roll back 35-hr week (& France's lower unemployment)
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
3 DOWNsizings, totaling 1,810 +?? lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 4% workforce cut (1700 lost jobs in Canada) as Bell Canada Enterprises communications & media pursues improved profitability (regardless of markets for it), instead of just trimming its workweek by 4% (19 minutes a day for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together employed, earning & spending 96% as much as usual
• 110 jobcuts by Alcoa Primary Metals   • unspecified cuts by ASML Holding's Track unit
+ 2 bankruptcies in WSJ &/or NYT: • Conseco, with $6.5B debt  • another Cheney victim, DII Industries  
+ 1 prison item: • costs are finally forcing Republicans to reverse their 'tough on crime' pose
+ headlines from helltm • too much productivity?   • the 'rest of the story' on NAFTA

12/18/2002  wed
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• one S.Korean prez candidate wants govt-mandated shorter workweek,
other wants market forces & 'consensus,' regardless of power differential
• does China enforce labor weakness & long hours regardless of who wins?
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
2 DOWNsizings, totaling 5120 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 6% workforce cut (5091 lost jobs worldwide) as Electrolux appliances improves profitability (& depresses markets), instead of just trimming its workweek by 6% (29 minutes a day for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together employed, earning & buying 94% as many appliances as usual
• 29 jobcuts by Sotheby's Holdings  
+ banking takeovers: • S. Korean banks get merger mania - Chohung, Korea's oldest, up for grabs
+ homelessness in the news: • US mayors report that requests for food & shelter jumped 19% in 2002
+ headlines from helltm • executive pay  • using children in war  • latest in personal ads  • Star Wars is ba-a-ack 

12/17/2002  tue
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• stress in America - controlling bosses, longer worktime per household
• stress in Europe - experts' forecast for overloaded employees: fighting endless meetings
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
8 DOWNsizings, totaling 11,838 +?? lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 44% workforce cut (11000 lost UK jobs) as Marconi telecom gear re-revamps for deeper cost savings (& market cuts), instead of just trimming its workweek by 44% (to five 4¾-hour days for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together employed, earning & spending 56% as much as usual
• 460 jobcuts by Goodyear   • 185 by Mony Life   • 125 by MeadWestvaco   • 68 by BSquare  
• unspecified cuts by ICT, • FAO, &  • Madison Ave Bks
+ 1 banking takeover: • Banca Popolare di Bergamo pays $1.33B for Popolare Commercio & Industria
+ eroding retirement: • US gov't steps in to stop steel companies from cannibalizing pension funds
• Bush's Treasury nominee will get $206K/mon pension while cutting that of older Americans
• more Americans forced to delay retirement, depress wages & benefits (incl. pensions)
even further, & further depress consumer demand, 'recovery' & growth
+ 2 bankruptcies in WSJ &/or NYT: • Clarent   • Sleepmaster Finance  

12/14-16/2002 sat-mon (re fri biz)
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing awareness in the news:
• Pa. lawfirm files class action vs. RadioShack for failure to pay overtime
• faced with retirements, NYC Fire Dept. can't maintain force without overtime
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
1 DOWNsizing, totaling 400 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) & NY Times (NYT):
• 7% workforce cut (400 lost jobs) as Plexus Corp. electronic components closes a plant, instead of just trimming its workweek 7% (34 minutes a day for whole company including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together working, earning & spending 93% as much as usual
+ 3 Australian bankruptcies in WSJ & NYT: • HIH insurance   • Harris Scarfe retailer   • OneTel communications
+ 1 prison item: • in light of DNA evidence, juries & prosecutors are slowing down on death sentences
+ headlines from helltm • kindergarten suspensions up in many US cities

weekend roll-up from the WSJ & the NYT
** 5 issues/wk - avg homepage hits per issue this week: 65 **
**  we offer free consulting to novelists or playwrights interested in
setting stories in timesizing or beyond-timesizing future-worlds**
hope of the week
tm

• 7 TIMEsizing stories 

vs.  doom of the weektm
• 15 DOWNsizings, exceeding 9348 lost jobs   • 1 makework case (2,000 new 'jobs')  
• 2 eroded-retirement stories   • 6 bankruptcies   • 2 prison stories   • 1 workplace murder  

{{ Year-To-Date: 500 timesizing stories (83230+ new jobs) + 140 upsizings (101658+ new jobs) } 29% of dnsz
vs. 28 makework (219400 new "jobs") & 774 dnsz(1051043+) +206 bkrp($97.4B+)+66 hmls+77 prisn+44 fatal }}

12/13/2002  fri
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• (12/06)  EU officials enjoy short work hours - let's hope they spread them around
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
2 DOWNsizings, totaling 750 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 750 jobcuts by Delphi autoparts   • 2000 by Dana truck parts  
+ eroding retirement: • companies have started regarding employee
pensions as profit eroders, an inconceivable attitude 40-50 yrs ago
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ &/or NYT: • Orius Corporation in Chapter 11  
+ 1 prison item: • left-right efforts converge in America on job training vs. recidivism

12/12/2002  thu
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• only 1/3 of doctors think they should cut intern hours
to cut medical errors, but 2/3 of public think they should
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
big banking takeover - Bank of America gobbles most profitable Mexican bank, Santander Serfin, for $1.6B
+ 3 DOWNsizings, totaling 3140 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 2.8% workforce cut (2100 lost jobs) as Sprint struggles for profitability by zapping its own best markets - its own employees & their dependents, instead of just trimming its workweek by 2.8% (13 minutes a day for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together employed, earning & spending 97.2% as much $$ as usual
• 690 jobcuts by Aetna   • 350 by Abitibi-Consolidated  
+ makework rampant: • new Seneca Niagara casino will provide 2000 new 'jobs'
+ 2 bankruptcies in WSJ &/or NYT: • Advanced GlassFiber Yarns   • Golf America Stores  

12/11/2002  wed
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• general strike over working hours shuts down much of Portugal
• NJ pundit thinks employer greeting card to employees' families can compensate for long hours
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
EU makes takeovers easier & so, downsizings, & so, recession
+ 8 DOWNsizings, totaling 4928 +?? lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) &/or NY Times (NYT):
• 4% workforce cut (3300 lost jobs) as Schlumberger oil services struggles with (& reinforces) lack-luster markets, instead of just trimming its workweek by 4% (19 minutes a day for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone employed, earning & spending 96% as much as usual
• 700 jobcuts by BearingPoint   • 400 by Ballard Power   • 300 by America Online   • 128 by ArQule  • over 100 by Merrill Lynch   • unspecified cuts by Charter Communications &  • Yahoo
+ eroding retirement: • WSJ's best advice for retirement - don't do it (ie: postpone it)
+ 1 work-related murder: • Franciscan novice charged with murdering supervisor & burning his body

12/10/2002  tue
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• timesizing Nucor pays $615m to buy out Birmingham Steel's assets
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
1 DOWNsizing, totaling 130 +?? lost jobs, reported in WSJ &/or NYT:
• 130 + unspecified jobcuts as Hill & Barlow closes, after 107 years in Boston  
+ eroding retirement: • Bush's Treasury boys release sweeping pension proposals
to shaft older employees & set the scene for gutting Social Security
+ headlines from helltm • 'great incentives of capitalism' series - John
Snow of CSX - another CEO gets rich while ruining a company
• another cowardly judge blocks access to Cheney's energy papers
• South America is becoming the next Africa - US next?

12/07-09/2002 sat-mon (re fri biz)
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strategic hope = primitive TIMEsizing in the news:
• Dell, HP & Gateway trim workmonth around Xmas-
New Year to avoid layoffs, Dell with no loss in pay
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
3 DOWNsizings, totaling 1820 +?? lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) & NY Times (NYT):
• 12½% workforce cut (1500 lost jobs) as Cessna Aircraft responds to shrinking orders by shrinking them further, instead of just trimming its workweek 12½% (to five 7-hour days for whole company including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together working, earning & spending 87½% as much as usual
• 350 +?? jobcuts by Flextronics International's Multek unit  
• unspecified cuts as Liquid Audio pursues dissolution
+ eroding retirement: • disregarding history, WSJ pushes privatizing Soc Sec
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ & NYT: • Spectrasite Holdings Incorporated in Chapter 11
+ homelessness in the news: • street youth becomes violent serial rapist
• NYC's sex trade is drawing ever younger girls, some right off streets
• charities keep one NY black Latino family off the streets, for now
• advocate for homeless wants 'outreach' & safe little shelters
+ headlines from helltm • US unemployment back up to 6%
• WSJ reader fingers wealth concentration as source of 3d-world problems

weekend roll-up from the WSJ & the NYT
** 5 issues/wk - avg homepage hits per issue this week: 76 **
**  we offer free consulting to novelists or playwrights interested in
setting stories in timesizing or beyond-timesizing future-worlds**
hope of the week
tm

• 8 TIMEsizing stories (700+ jobs saved)  • 2 UPsizings (176+ new jobs)

vs.  doom of the weektm
• 12 DOWNsizings, exceeding 7303 lost jobs   • 1 makework case (70,000 new 'jobs')   • 2 eroded-retirement stories   • 7 bankruptcies, owing over $10.7B   • 4 homelessness stories   • 1 prison story   • 1 workplace suicide  

{{ Year-To-Date: 493 timesizing stories (83230+ new jobs) + 140 upsizings (101658+ new jobs) } 29% of dnsz
vs. fluff: 27 makework (217400 "jobs") & 759 dnsz(1041695+) +200 bkrp($97.4B+)+66 hmls+75 prisn+43 suic }}

12/06/2002  fri
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• Fiat reduces layoffs by letting employees work in rotation instead of staying
home = jobsharing, also closes Sicilian plant for only 6 months = leaves, not 12+ = layoffs
• both major platforms in S. Korea election talking about sharing the work by cutting workweek
• Leader's Edge survey reveals why executive women are quitting their jobs at twice men's rate
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
1 DOWNsizing, totaling 2300 lost jobs, reported in WSJ &/or NYT:
• 17% workforce cut (2300 lost jobs) as Humana health-insurance switches from people to technology which doesn't need costly health insurance like employees but doesn't generate its own market for healthcare (like employees) either, instead of just trimming its workweek by 17% (to five 6h38m days for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone employed, earning & buying 83% as much health insurance as usual, & as lower unemployment drives up wages, 100%, 105%, 110%...
+ eroding retirement: • 20% of large firms likely to shrink health coverage of retirees in next 5 years
+ 3 bankruptcies in WSJ &/or NYT: • Moto Photo in Chapter 11   • Morton Holdings in Chapter 11  
• B. Kuehlen in Germany last year   • massive rash of articles re United Airlines' nearing Ch . 11
+ headlines from helltm • Nov. retail was listless
• American wealth concentration has entered vicious spiral
• Argentine wealth concentration has entered hunger-spreading stage

12/05/2002  thu
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• American flight attendants will hopefully save 700 jobs by job sharing & leaves
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
5 DOWNsizings, totaling 1905 lost jobs, reported in WSJ &/or NYT:
• 5% flight attendants cut (1100 lost jobs) as American Airlines tries to save money by damning consumers, instead of just trimming its workweek by 5% (24 minutes/day for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone employed, earning & spending 95% as much as usual
• 635 jobcuts by Reynolds Tobacco   • 170 by Dupont Photomasks  
• unspecified cuts by Foster Wheeler &  • Cutter & Buck
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ &/or NYT: • AmeriKing in Chap. 11 owing $68.4m
+ headlines from helltm • downsizings last 2 yrs exceed previous 5 yrs combined
• opinion poll of 38,000 people in 44 nations shows rising negativity about USA

12/04/2002  wed
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• AMD revives 1980s paradigm pushing shorter hours, 'work smart, not hard'
• top levels in Japan keep promising one another to support work sharing (tap tap tap)
+ vaguer hope: • 2 UPsizings - 176+?? new jobs at Scottrade   - ?? at Bank of America
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
1 DOWNsizing, totaling 300 lost jobs, reported in WSJ &/or NYT:
• 17% workforce cut (300 lost jobs) as Instinet electronic stock trading cuts costs (& markets), instead of just trimming its workweek by 17% (to five 6h38m days for whole company including top execs), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training, & keeping everyone together working, earning & buying stocks with 83% of their usual alacrity
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ &/or NYT: • United Pan-European Communications in Ch. 11 owing $10.66B

12/03/2002  tue
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• S. Korea cuts to 5-day workweek but many workers don't get it & stage protests
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
2 DOWNsizings, totaling 978 lost jobs, reported in WSJ &/or NYT:
• 800 jobcuts as Holmes Group moves to Asia   • 178 by J.C. Penney  
+ makework militant: • Afghanistan plans 70,000 new 'jobs' in 'small' new army
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ &/or NYT: • Medicalogic/Medscape/MSCP et al. jointly in Ch. 11
+ 1 prison item: • Tutwiler women's prison in Alabama, built for 364 inmates in 1940s, now holds 1,017
+ 1 work-related suicide: • Mitchell Campbell, Chairman & CEO of Powerway Inc., asphyxiated himself in Apr.

11/30-12/02/2002 sat-mon (re fri biz)
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strategic hope = TIMEsizing consciousness in the news:
• Japan is still not automatically converting overtime to training & hiring - ergo, still in the tank
+ vaguer hope: • 1 UPsizing - unspecified new jobs at planned $750m Toyota plant down south
vs.  doom du jourtm - for lack of timesizing  
1 DOWNsizing, totaling 200 lost jobs, reported in Wall St Journal (WSJ) & NY Times (NYT):
• 200 jobcuts as Domtar closes plants in Ont. & Que.  
+ 1 bankruptcy in WSJ & NYT: • Diamond Brands Operating Corp. in Chap. 11
+ 1 prison item: • UTenn/Nashville ran prison program in 70s & inmate had univ's top GPA
+ headline from helltm • Schroeder has no clue how to keep Europe's biggest economy out of recession

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• 6 TIMEsizing stories  • 2 UPsizings

vs.  doom of the weektm
• 16 DOWNsizings, exceeding 7911 lost jobs   • 2 workplace-violence items  
• 1 prison story   • 1 homelessness story   • 6 bankruptcies, owing over $4B  

{{ Year-To-Date: 485 timesizing stories (82530+ new jobs) + 138 upsizings (101482+ new jobs = 22%)
vs. fluff: 26 makework (147400 new "jobs") & 747 dnsz(1034392+) +193 bkrp($86.7B+)+62 hmls+74 prisn+42 suic }}


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