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    1/31-2/01/2010 Sun-Mon  (archives) - uploading this weekend from a cluttered kitchen in beautiful(?) Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -
  1. The Second Great Depression Bogeyman, by Dean Baker (our man in DC), truthout.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -..Finally, if we can't boost the economy to levels of output that support full employment, we can go the other way and adopt policies that encourage people to work fewer hours. Germany and the Netherlands have aggressively pushed "work sharing" policies that have kept unemployment from rising in the downturn. Thanks to work sharing, the unemployment rate in the Netherlands is less than 4.0 percent even though they have had a larger loss of GDP than the United States... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Commission weighs workings of winnowed work week, 1/31 PalmBeachPost.com
    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. —..The four-day work week, which began on June 8, has been a financial success, yielding $143000 in savings... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Employment Insurance (EI) Extension to Self-Employed Canadians Comes Into Effect - Represents one of the most significant enhancements to the EI program in a decade, 2/01 Marketwire via SYS-CON Media (press release) via yachtchartersmagazine.com
    OTTAWA, Canada --..To help those hardest hit by the economic downturn, the Government has undertaken other measures through Canada's Economic Action Plan, including providing longer EI benefits, more efficient service and support for training, and protecting jobs through *Work-Sharing agreements... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS squib - European Micro and Nanotechnology Industry Rules off [=Writes off] 2009 and Moves on, 2/01 Global SMT & Packaging Magazine via globalsmt.net
    EUROPE -..Due to an increasing demand from the semiconductor sector, some companies have directly changed over from short-time work to weekend shifts...


    1/30/2010 Saturday  (archives) - uploading today from a cluttered kitchen in beautiful(?) Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. 15 library branches will reduce their hours, Seattle Times via seattletimes.nwsource.com
    SEATTLE, Ore. -..In addition to the cutback in library hours, the entire library system again will be closed for a week, Aug. 30 to Sept. 6. However, library officials say there will be no layoffs because vacancies have been left open... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Knock-on effect of job cuts on workers - Employees leave if change is not managed well, Johannesburg Times via TimesLIVE.co.za
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -..If the reduction is to reduce or avoid redundancies, employees are likely to be more amenable to short-time working."... - see whole article under today's date.


    1/29/2010 Friday  (archives) - uploading today from a cluttered kitchen in beautiful Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Big hurdles to Obama's $33 billion in tax cuts for businesses - Republican lawmakers usually back tax cuts for businesses, but the $33 billion price tag of Obama's proposal may deter those who are more worried about runaway deficits, Christian Science Monitor via csmonitor.com
    BALTIMORE, Maryld. - ..Also, small businesses that increase wages or hours for their existing employees will be reimbursed for the resulting rise in their Social Security payroll taxes. This could help boost the economy by raising incomes – and it could prevent employers from "gaming the system" by hiring more people but having them work shorter hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Whoops, Obama is now going backwards, preventing worksharing (the hiring of more people working shorter hours) instead of helping it! This contradicts the "selflessness of Americans willing to work shorter hours to save jobs" part of his inauguration speech and places him squarely on the highway to further economic collapse. What a confused guy! And sooo pathetic that sharing the vanishing work (or 'timesizing'), the only strategy that can sustainably save our economic system, is here being spun as "gaming the system."]
  2. A state of concern, Daily Freeman Journal,Iowa via webstercitynews.com
    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa -..Ayers said there is a program, *Voluntary Shared Work program, that the company could sign up for to allow employees who are laid off for one day [per week] to get partial unemployment benefits... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And 16-17 other states have shared work or worksharing programs too.]


    1/28/2010 Thursday  (archives) - uploading today from a kitchen in beautiful Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Shared-Work proves popular, TheNewsTribune.com
    TACOMA, Wash. -..Shared-Work benefits are capped at 52 weeks, and businesses can apply for up to two successive years. However, if it’s warranted in this recession, the ESD commissioner can approve a business for a third year, Tarrow said... For more information about the state's Shared-Work program, *click here or call the shared-work hotline at 1-800-752-2500. - see whole article under today's date.
    [This 'recession' is definitely going to require an indefinitely sustainable plan - the super-rich have not yet realized that they are the problem - the unlimited concentration of the nation's money supply starves everything after a certain point of diminishing monetary circulation... So far, 16-17 other states also have worksharing alias shared-work programs - and numerous other countries including Canada -]
  2. Federal work-share program may be extended: Baird, The Canadian Press via CTV.ca
    OTTAWA, Canada — The federal government may be preparing to extend the popular work-sharing program introduced in last year's budget that has saved some workers from layoffs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [If it was just 'some' workers and not 'many' workers, it would not be so popular.]
  3. Tories [=Conservatives], Liberals vie for title of workers' champion, Canadian Press via CTV.ca
    OTTAWA, Canada —..Transport Minister John Baird..hinted strongly the upcoming budget may include an expansion of *the popular work-sharing program designed to reduce lay-offs at troubled companies... "The work-sharing agreements have probably been one of the single most constructive parts of our economic action plan," Baird said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [They must be good if the Conservatives are now claiming them, despite the right's frequent spinning of worksharing as socialist. Actually, Canadian worksharing was in place long before the current radical Conservatives came to power.]
  4. American, European Governments Worlds Apart in Tackling Recession, FOXNews.com
    ..France, too, pursued a work-sharing agreement, in which the government essentially paid firms to keep workers employed at least on a part-time basis... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Statement on The State of the Union Address, by Alan Barber, (1/27) CommonDreams.org (press release)
    ..If it is not possible to expand the economy, we can also keep people employed through the sort of work-sharing programs that have kept unemployment from rising in Germany and the Netherlands [and a number of other advanced economies]. Most people would much prefer to experience the downturn in the form of shorter workweeks and longer vacations than in the form of double-digit unemployment... - see whole article under today's date.
  6. BONUS squib 1 - Saarland mills see some improvements in capacity use, Steel Business Briefing (subscription) via steelbb.com
    SAAR, Germany -..The company operated at around 60% of capacity in 2009, and is continuing short-time working into 2010, albeit to a somewhat lesser extent...
  7. BONUS squib 2 - London FX: Yen Weighed As Carry Revives Post Obama State Of Union, by John Webb London bureau (44 207) 634 1628 jwebb@marketnews.com, Market News International via imarketnews.com
    ...EUROZONE.. - GERMANY: Labour Ministry; Short-time work (*Kurzarbeit) stabilizes employment - No fundamental labour market turnaround yet - To take long time before firms hire again...


    1/27/2010 wed.  (archives) - uploading today from a kitchen in beautiful Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. State offers 24/7, online service for printing Unemployment Insurance tax form, Stamford Plus Magazine via stamfordplus.com
    HARTFORD, Conn. -..“This on-demand system allows claimants to enter their information into a secure system in order to obtain either the current tax year of unemployment data or previous years dating back to 2005,” Governor Rell said. “The printout includes all necessary tax information and is available to all claimants whether they were filing weekly, filing a claim for as little as one week or part of the state’s *Shared Work program .”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So far, 17-18 other states also have worksharing alias shared-work programs - and numerous other countries.]
  2. Springfield employers face possible bump in unemployment insurance rates, News-Leader.com
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -..Stack saw such high increases in his rate because he utilized the *Shared Work program, a state program that allows employers to cut down workweeks to save money and then not have to lay off workers... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This is an obvious development that we had not foreseen! Full unemployment via downsizing would still mean much higher unemployment taxes on employers than partial unemployment via the shared work program. But shared-work funding will have to be switched from taxing the weak/poor = employers who have the least work - to taxing the strong/rich = employers who are practicing chronic overtime.]


    1/26/2010 tues.  (archives) - uploading today from a kitchen in beautiful Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Searching for the Perfect Job Subsidy Plan - Lawmakers Hunt for Ways to Rekindle Hiring, New York Times via nytimes.com
    ..York Times but have not yet introduced into the Senate) says that new hires who work fewer than 30 hours a week are not eligible for the tax subsidy... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Apparently Schumer and Hatch are still trying to maintain a pre-technology 1940 workweek of 40 hours.]
  2. Kingspan workers to strike over company's survival plan, Irish Independent via independent.ie
    KINGSCOURT, County Cavan, Ireland -..The move by SIPTU comes in the wake of more than 200 redundancies at the plant which has been on short-time working, of two or three days, for the past two years... "Our members have suffered already as a result of mass redundancies, have been reduced from a four-shift production cycle to day work only and have been on short-time working over the last 24 months," said SIPTU branch organiser Declan Ferry... - see whole article under today's date.


    1/24-25/2010 sun-mon  (archives) - uploading today from a new wifi&outlet-equipped Greyhound bus between Montreal & Boston, with driver Big Dave, trainee Willy & trainer Willy - "this bus gives me the Willies!" -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Shared-work program saved 20000 jobs in 2009, 1/25 HeraldNet.com (blog)
    EVERETT, Wash. - More than 20,000 jobs avoided the chopping block in 2009 by enrolling in the Employment Security Department's *Shared-Work Program... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Grants could return Mesilla town employees to 40-hour workweek, 1/24 Las Cruces Sun-News via lcsun-news.com
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Mesilla town employees could return to a 40-hour workweek if the town is successful in applying for a pair of grants... In December, trustees cut the workweek for town employees from 35 to 32 hours when it was discovered that gross receipts taxes were not meeting initial projections. Town employees have not worked a 40-hour week for more than 13 months... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Sounds like New Mexico is suffering for lack of the kind of worksharing programs that 17 more advanced states already have.]
    1/23/2010 sat.  (archives) - uploading today from the Elgin St. Bridgehead coffee house in downtown Ottawa, Canada's capital -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -
  1. Funding cuts force Berks libraries to cut hours, acquisitions, ReadingEagle.com
    BERKS COUNTY, Pa. -..Julie R. Rinehart, administrator of the Berks County Public Libraries, said this is the first time she has seen so many Berks libraries cut hours because of budget problems... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Another record breaking month - for unemployment, Historic City News,St.Augustine,FL via HistoricCity.com
    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -..The Agency for Workforce Innovation reported that Florida’s unemployment rate edged up to 11.8% in December... That percentage meant 1.1 million Floridians were out of work, about 232,000 more than a year earlier - and that’s not counting those who have stopped looking for work and others working shorter hours or taking part-time work... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Pensions law Parliament passage after March, Financiarul.ro
    ROMANIA -..With regard to the short time work scheme legislation, the Minister of Labor stated that the authorities will analyse ways to enforce it... - see whole article under today's date.
    1/22/2010 fri.  (archives) - Terrasses de la Chaudière -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -
  1. Governor sees 'glimmers of light' - Unemployment, budget focus of address, NashuaTelegraph.com
    CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. John Lynch..urged lawmakers to agree to tap the jobless benefits fund to convince firms to cut hours rather than lay off workers, let unemployed workers train for six weeks at no cost to the business and give remedial help to the unskilled work force. “It will help our citizens stay at work if they already have jobs; return to work if they are unemployed; and ensure that they are ready to work at new jobs,” Lynch said... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Some thoughts on how to get out of this economic quagmire, Asheville Citizen-Times via Citizen-Times.com
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -..In order to more widely distribute available employment in a declining job market, we need to cut the workweek to 30 hours and simplify our lives... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Pioneer Press union approves concessions pact - Shorter workweek, furloughs are part of deal, TwinCities.com
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Newspaper Guild at the Pioneer Press voted Friday to drop to a 37 1/2-hour workweek and take an unpaid week of furlough in exchange for no layoffs for the next 12 months... - see whole article under today's date.
    [As we say in Québec, PARFAIT! This is exactly "timesizing, not downsizing"! See also Pioneer Press story on 1/15/2010 #1.]
  4. West Milford weekend overtime employees pay questioned, NorthJersey.com
    WEST MILFORD, N.J. -..For now, he thinks the work should be done by the crew during regular work hours. "The real issue is overtime," he said. Smolinski added that if "comp time" is used to pay the workers this is "a disguise" when shown in the budget... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Flexible Working Hours Announced by Law Firm to Retain Women Employees, TopNews.co.uk (blog)
    LONDON, England, U.K. - Leading partners at a renowned London law company will, for the first time ever, be looking at offering female employees..flexible working hours, under a plan which is effectively able to reflect the degree to which the law sector is suffering an unusually large number of top women stepping down, as they do not find it feasible to work under some conditions... - see whole article under today's date.
  6. Borough unemployment lower than in last recession, ThurrockGazette.co.uk
    THURROCK, Essex, England -..“Nor is it any comfort for the thousands of people working in the private sector who have been asked to take pay cuts and go onto short time working... - see whole article under today's date.
  7. Shepherd Group calls recovery 'fragile' as it reports loss, YorkshirePost.co.uk
    YORKSHIRE, England -.."The outlook remains uncertain, with signs of recovery remaining sporadic and fragile. Current and anticipated order intake in the industrial and construction and engineering divisions is lower than it was 12 months ago. This has necessitated some unavoidable redundancies across most businesses and short time working in the industrial division... - see whole article under today's date.
  8. Flexi talks wind down, Jamaica Gleaner via jamaica-gleaner.com
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - ..Committee chairman Pearnel Charles had earlier suggested that after a worker exhausted his 40-hour workweek, the employer could recruit another person to carry out additional work... - see whole article under today's date.