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February 2-28, 2010 + Mar.1

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    2/28-3/01-02/2010 sun-mon-tues (archives) - moving to alternating days to FTB/Finish The Book
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Nice work if you can share it: an unemployment solution, by Dean Baker, 3/01 Manchester Guardian via guardian.co.uk & 3/02 u.tv/News
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Instead of paying workers to be unemployed – in the form of unemployment benefits – we pay workers to stay employed, but work fewer hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Great soundbyte, Dean!]
  2. 2,000 Furloughs Linked to Impasse in Congress, 3/02 NYT, A15.
    WASHINGTON DC - The United States Department of Transportation said it furloughed 2,000 workers on Monday as a politically charged impasse over unemployment benefits interrupted spending on a handful of federal programs and escalated tensions in Congress... Department of Transportation officials said the temporary furlough without pay would primarily affect workers at the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Research and Innovative Technology Administration... Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the furloughs would halt at least 40 major construction projects around the nation because inspectors would be pulled from jobs on federal land... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Web Wealth, 2/28 Philadelphia Inquirer via philly.com
    USA - Many people have been pushed into part-time jobs during these hard times. Others prefer shorter hours. These sites explain many of the issues that workers face along with shorter hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Focus budget on creating jobs: Think-tank, 3/01 MontrealGazette.com
    CANADA - ..The government has indicated it plans to pay special attention to jobless Canadians in the budget, probably by enhancing training opportunities and by extending a popular work-sharing plan...
  5. Freezing companies review prices and cut hours, 2/28 (3/01) Radio New Zealand via radionz.co.nz
    WELLINGTON, N.Z. - Meat companies are being forced to review prices and shorten their hours as farmers hold onto their sheep and cattle to fatten them up... - see whole article under today's date.
  6. BONUS excerpt #1 - Riding the recession's waves: Some sales dipped, but boats still float in East Texas, by April Barbe, 2/28 News-Journal.com
    TYLER, Tex. - ..Sales dropped about 5-10% this past year at Honda Marine Ski-N-Sports in Tyler, according to Holly Jeitz, office manager... Ski-N-Sports also had to cut hours for some of their five full-time employees when sales dropped...
  7. BONUS excerpt #2 - Air Canada maintenance division to layoff 1010, 3/02 Canwest News via VancouverSun.com MONTREAL, Quebec - ..Asked why Air Canada did not participate in the *work-sharing program, Air Canada spokesperson John Reber said that while he didn't have all the details, "I can tell you that all of the options were considered."
    [Yeah sure. The good news here is that economy-toxic managment is being grilled for downsizing instead of timesizing.]
  8. BONUS excerpt #3 - Some small-biz management challenges, 2/28 Jamaica Gleaner via jamaica-gleaner.com
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - While for many persons owning a small business is a dream come true, complete with the prospects of working shorter hours and having a lot of money, this fantasy is often far from the reality of running one's own business. Working short hours and taking home more cash is definitely a possibility. However, for a long -term success story, owning and operating a small business is very hard work, with many sacrifices along the way...
    [Hey, at least Jamaicans start with the right idea. Americans tend to think only of the money.]


    2/27/2010 saturday, on friday's news (archives) -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Physician work hours linked to reduced fees, (2/26) Vanderbilt University News via mc.vanderbilt.edu/reporter
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Physicians have steadily decreased their work hours over the past several years as both commercial and government health care payers have sharply reduced the fees they've offered for physician services... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Great! - let's have some well-rested physicians for a change.]
  2. Taking a second job: Is it worth the hard work? DailyMail.co.uk
    LONDON, England - ..Figures published earlier this month indicate that there are 2.8 million workers who have been put on short-time working or have had their overtime cut, and many are trying to make up the shortfall... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/26/2010 friday (archives) - updating from Boston/Somerville MA -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. MiVT: Colorful company, WCAX.com
    BURLINGTON, Vt. - ..The ability for so much output has forced Magic Hat to tweak shifts affecting some of its 73 workers. It from time to time has to cut hours or add more depending on changing demand for freshly-bottled beer... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Companies Cut Costs, Spur Competitiveness Through Flex Life Programs, Investor's Business Daily via investors.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..94% of companies are keeping or upping their use of flexible work arrangements to manage costs, noted Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute, a NYC-based non-profit research group... You can temporarily furlough workers, for instance, to cut salary costs and nix layoffs... Flex work arrangements includ[e] employees working 80% of the time at 80% pay or taking a month or two off for sabbaticals at reduced pay... Companies that furlough staff for several weeks or reduce schedules from 40 to 35 hours a week, cut salary costs. Most employees view these steps positively because they feel it's better to face pay cuts than lose a job... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/25/2010 thursday (archives) - updating today from that cluttered kitchen in beautiful Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb, town tree=the telephone pole) -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Gentle Giant Moving Company Named Independent Mover of the Year, Somerville News,MA, p.2.
    SOMERVILLE, Mass. - ..Specifically, the Moving and Storage Company retained nearly its entire employee base during the most recent recession despite significant economic challenges, by offering structured work-sharing and temporary furloughs and instituting other operational efficiencies, in which every employee in the company participated... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Pryor work-share legislation gets first hearing, Record Herald,Washington,OH via RecordHerald.com
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - .."Based on experiences in other states, work sharing provides benefits to both employers and employees; an alternative to laying off skilled workers for employers facing a temporary decline in the business cycle and job security for employees"... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Peterson Flak David Walker Agrees On Spending to Jump-Start Economy, Firedoglake.com (blog)
    WASHINGTON, U.S.A. - ..First-time jobless claims went up yet again last week, to the highest number since November. The jobs crisis hasn’t ended at all, and we’re already eight million-plus in the hole. We need to come up with actual solutions instead of $15 billion dollar band-aids. The push on work-sharing – with bipartisan support from economists – is a good place to start. - see whole article under today's date.
    [And from previous story on worksharing legislation in Ohio, looks like one more state agrees!]
  4. All about work-sharing in Canada, Toronto Globe and Mail via theglobeandmail.com
    OTTAWA, Canada - ..According to Service Canada, Work-Sharing is an adjustment program designed to help employers and workers avoid temporary layoffs when there is a reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to workers eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work-week... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. BONUS excerpt #1 - GKN Net Loss Narrows; Shows Cautious Optimism For 2010, Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    REDDITCH, Worcs., England - ..It spent about GBP141 million in restructuring costs in 2009, comprising redundancy and reorganization charges, short-time working costs and impairments...
  6. BONUS excerpt #2 - Pilot strike to have little impact. aircargoworld.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..Peter Gerber, LC executive board member responsible for finance and human resources..hoped Lufthansa Cargo [LC] could reduce or phase out short-time working arrangements among its ground staff later this year if the market continued to improve.\.. LC is shedding 10% of its 650-strong workforce in administration but any decision to made redundancies among its operations and sales personnel will be in strict ratio to volumes carried. If business grows by 10% this year, 5% of these groups will lose their jobs. At 20% growth there would be zero effect and at 30%, LC will be hiring staff...
    [This should all be a matter of hours cuts and expansions, not job cuts and rehirings. Even German companies have yet failed to realize how much more they strengthen recession with job mutilation instead of just workhour manipulation.]
  7. BONUS excerpt #3 - Slight rise in German unemployment figures for February (Roundup), MonstersAndCritics.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ..The jobless figure now stands at 8.7%, up 0.2% on the same time last year. The labour office said the rise was due to workforce cuts, in particular the shedding of full-time jobs which cost employers more in the form of national insurance contributions. Experts also said government policies - such as subsidies for workers placed on reduced working hours - had prevented the economic crisis from causing greater unemployment. The labour office reported a continued drop in government-supported short-time work schemes, in line with rising industrial orders. Nevertheless, reduced hours remained widespread in the regions where the car and metalworkers' industries were based, according to labour office representative Raimund Becker. The DGB [German Federation of Trade Unions] called for the government to extend its short-time working schemes, warning that the crisis was far from over...
    [So unions in some countries aren't as unclear about their power issue as US unions.]


    2/24/2010 wednesday (archives) - updating today from that cluttered kitchen in beautiful Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb, town tree=the telephone pole) -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Recession tactic: The mini-shift, Wall Street Journal, page D4.
    YUCALPA, Calif., U.S.A. - ..Ms. Rice embodies a little-noticed effect of the recession: the incredible shrinking work shift. Cast off by mainstream employers or unable to find the job flexibility they need in a corporate setting, millions of workers are taking multiple part-time or freelance jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So workweek reduction is happening anyway, but not the best way.]
  2. Work-share program that cuts hours vs. jobs[loss] could grow, USAToday.com
    [and next article shows it's growing into New Hampshire!]
    WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. - ..Work-sharing lets employers avoid the costs of severance and of training new hires when the economy rebounds. For workers, it eliminates the trauma of layoffs and helps preserve morale... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Eight more states pushing-through worksharing programs? That could bring the total up to 25 states this year = then 50% of the U.S. states will have worksharing! - maybe there IS hope for America after all...]
  3. 'Worksharing' bill an intriguing idea, (2/25) NashuaTelegraph.com
    CONCORD, N.H. - KEY POINTS - BACKGROUND: The state Senate is expected to vote next week on a bill that would introduce 'worksharing' to New Hampshire. CONCLUSION: Encouraging firms to reduce the hours of workers rather than laying them off – while supplementing the worker’s wages with unemployment benefits – has proven to be successful in other states. - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Scottish councils warned to reduce costs, (2/25) Financial Times via ft.com
    STRATHCLYDE, Scotland, U.K. - ..To the extent that it is easier to cut labour hours via short-time working than it once was, employers might be less likely to make workers redundant in the in the short run... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We're guessing this refers to town councils rather than works councils. At any rate, it's another solid hopeful sign, even if only Wales among the United Kingdom parliaments has enacted a worksharing program (*"ProAct")]
  5. BONUS excerpt from - German budget deficit breaches EU stability pact, Financial Times via ft.com
    ..A big unknown in the coming year will be the performance of the labour market, where unemployment has so far risen much more slowly than the downturn in economic activity would have predicted. One reason has been subsidies for short-time working by the government, and another that employers and workers have agreed to hold down wages and work shorter hours in the hope of a relatively speedy economic recovery... Subsidies for short-time working had actually cost the government less than full unemployment benefits in 2009, Mr Schumacher said...


    2/23/2010 tuesday (archives) - updating today from that 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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Docs cut work hours as primary care shortage looms, AP via 10 Connects via wtsp.com
    CHICAGO, Ill. -- Doctors are steadily cutting back on their hours and some experts believe that may worsen the health care situation... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Why are six-year-trained doctors doing primary care in the first place? Why isn't this the province of three-or-four-year-trained primary-care nurses? Do Americans really want overtired and overworked people looking after them, people on the tenth or more hour of overtime?]
  2. We must speak with one voice. nebusiness.co.uk
    NORTHEAST ENGLAND, U.K. - ..RDA chief executive Alan Clarke said it was a part of the region that had been particularly badly-hit during the back end of the recession, where job losses had only been minimised by companies implementing short-time working more widely than in any previous downturn... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Well, there's a hopeful sign, even if only Wales among the United Kingdom parliaments has enacted a worksharing program (*"ProAct")]
  3. BoE's Tucker points to risk of 'inflation bottlenecks', Financial Times via ft.com
    LONDON. England - The UK economy faces the threat of stagflation..if robust growth does not return quickly, Paul Tucker, the Bank of England’s deputy governor, has warned... Although the situation has improved since then, “companies seem to have temporarily suspended part of their capacity,” for instance by putting employees on short time working or closing a production line... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So would this BofE deputy governor have companies continue unmarketable production, on the assumption that "If we build it, it will sell"? If this were true, recessions would be impossible. This is Say's Fallacy, still often known as "Say's Law." (By contrast, the fallacy that's often known as the "Lump of Labor Fallacy" is actually the Shrinking Employment Law.)]


    2/21-22/2010 sunday-monday (archives) - updating today from that 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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. FDL Book Salon Welcomes Dean Baker, False Profits: Recovering from the Bubble Economy, 2/21 FireDogLake.com (blog)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Baker endorses ideas you’ll never hear from other liberals, such as: ...a work-sharing tax credit that would pay companies to reduce worker hours at the same salary, allowing for more hiring... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Cantwell Fights to Expand Work Share Program to Preserve Jobs and Keep Washingtonians Working, 2/22 LakeStevensJournal.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. re Washington State – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell announced her support for legislation that would help struggling businesses keep their employees on the job through a federal program known as ‘work share.’ The Keeping Americans Working Act provides a cost-saving alternative to employers that need to cut payroll costs. Instead of laying off workers, employers can reduce the number of hours worked by individual employees... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. New Employment Insurance [EI] Web Videos Improve Service to Canadians, 2/22 Benzinga.com
    SIMCOE, Ont., Canada -..Other temporary measures the Government has undertaken to help those hardest hit by the economic downturn through Canada's Economic Action Plan include 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 excerpt #1 - Mr. Manufacturing in the oil patch, by At The Top columnist, 2/22 theGlobeAndMail.com
    CALGARY, Alta., Canada - There is something heroic about Mel Svendsen - in the way he fights for manufacturing in energy-mad Alberta... But behind the forceful opinions, [he] is president and co-owner of a Calgary company, *Standen's Ltd., which produces vehicle suspensions for global industrial, auto and farm equipment markets... [Q:] How do you manage now in this volatile economy? [A:] Most of it is thanks to a strong loyal work force. [In recent years] the long-term employee who had almost zero likelihood of being laid off was willing to share his or her work with the new employee. That work-sharing indicates the esprit de corps here... [Q:] You have been hurt by the recession, but is there any upside? [A:] When we go into times like this, there is a plus... You are not being encumbered with worker shortages...
    [Another CEO who doesn't realize that it's worker shortages that keep wages rising and the national income spreading out to the millions who actually spend it, instead of letting it funnel up to the tiny richest fraction of the population while consumption and markets dwindle and $circulation slows.]
  5. BONUS excerpt #2 - End of car scrappage schemes marks a tough year for manufacturers, 2/21 Independent.co.uk
    DETTINGEN, Germany - ..German industry is relieved to be returning to work. "We are stopping short-time working," said Stefan Wolf, the chief executive of *ElringKlinger, which supplies gaskets to almost all the world's markets and manufacturers. "A year ago, I did not think that we would be where we are now. The world market is definitely picking up."...
    [Hold that thought ... tighter ... TIGHTER - as the unlimited concentration of income and wealth everywhere weakens consumer bases (and employment basements)...]
  6. BONUS excerpt #3 - EMU economic sentiment (February): Unchanged, by BHF-Bank Economics Dept., 2/22 The Forex Market via FXstreet.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..Up to now [in the eurozone], the extensive use of short-time work schemes and statistical changes [oh-oh!] have considerably dampened the underlying upward trend of unemployment in the official statistics. But despite the marked improvement in business climate indicators, we expect more and more firms to cut jobs in the course of 2010 because of cost pressures and low capacity utilisation...


    2/20/2010 saturday (archives) - updating today from Starbucks in downtown Albany NY between train from Montreal & bus to Boston -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Flexible Working Hours Have Positive Effect on Health, TopNews.us
    DURHAM, England, U.K. - A study carried out by Durham University has found that working flexible hours has a positive effect on workers' health and enables them to get more rest in bed each night... "[Overworking] leads to stress, which can ruin the little time that overworked staffs do get to spend with their family," he remarked... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This has the smell of a study that is trying hard to keep saying flexible working hours and not reduced working hours.]
  2. US regulators told of Toyota concerns in 2004 - US safety regulators were notified in 2004 about a "trend" of accidents involving Toyota vehicles, it has emerged, Telegraph.co.uk
    BURNASTON, Derbyshire, U.K. -..It also introduced short-term working through a work- sharing programme which involved a 10% cut in pay and hours. The company is in discussions with its UK workforce about extending short-time working and is aiming to make a final decision on the pay and production package next month... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Maybe if the media barons really work at it, they can blame Toyota's quality lapses on job-securing short-time working rather than the sought-for insecurity-spreading layoffs!]


    2/19/2010 friday (archives) - updating today from Starbucks in downtown Albany NY between train from Montreal & bus to Boston -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Pa. workers with less hours could get benefits, Chambersburg Public Opinion via publicopiniononline.com
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -..Sen. Rich Alloway, R-Chambersburg, and Rep. Dan Moul, R-Gettysburg, are co-sponsoring "shared work" bills in the Senate and House at a time when Franklin County's unemployment rate is 8.7%... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. How Not To Create Jobs - Early retirement, work sharing and tax credits won't boost employment, Forbes.com
    [Here's another calcified brain arguing to maintain the 1940 workweek forever -]
    ..Another bad idea making the rounds is work sharing. If the economy is not going to create enough jobs, some people argue, then maybe we need to divvy up the jobs we have more broadly... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/18/2010 thursday (archives) - updating today from Marcello's Café in the Terrasses de la Chaudière, sur l'Île de Hull in Gatineau-Ottawa, QUÉBEC -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. SENTINEL EDITORIAL: A proposed partnership would keep workers working, The Keene Sentinel,NH via sentinelsource.com
    KEENE, N.H. -..The concept, called worksharing, is in use in 17 other states, and enables companies to keep hold on their trained workers when business slumps by helping... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Why We’re Not Hiring Right Now, New York Times (blog) via boss.blogs.nytimes.com
    [Bad worksharing design - backfired!]
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -..One resource we turned to in an effort to keep our 173 automotive associates on the payroll was an innovative shared-work program offered by the State of Missouri... In November 2009, Missouri’s unemployment insurance board notified us of a rate increase. Until then, we were paying, on average, $250 a person each year for unemployment insurance. The state told us that the number was jumping to $706... [So now] our associates voted to schedule 50-hour workweeks rather than hire new associates... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Toyota: We're not closing Burnaston, Burton Mail via burtonmail.co.uk
    BURTON, U.K. -..“We have also operated a 10% workshare arrangement (short-time working) since April 1, 2009 to handle the reduced volumes... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/17/2010 wednesday (archives) - updating today from the cafeteria of l'Université du QUÉBEC en Outaouais, pavillon Brault, in Gatineau-Ottawa -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Taking the Nation's Temperature One Year After ARRA's Passage, HuffingtonPost.com (blog)
    .."Revenue sharing with the states, direct job creation and worksharing are proven policies for preserving and creating jobs in a recession"... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Lufthansa Cargo Seeks 10% Job Cuts, The Journal of Commerce Online via joc.com
    ..Europe's second largest scheduled cargo airline said it will trim around 450 jobs worldwide entirely through voluntary early retirement, severance schemes and part time work... The carrier announced earlier that it will reduce short time working for 2600 employees from 25% to 20% at the end of February... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/16/2010 tuesday (archives) - updating today from the Bank&Albert Bridgehead coffeehouse in 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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Missouri bills would double weeks employees could claim partial jobless benefits, News-Leader.com
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -..Currently, employees can draw jobless benefits for one or two days a week for up to 26 weeks if their employer participates in the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Clariant reports progressively improving operating profitability and a strong cash flow during a challenging 2009, Trading Markets (press release)
    MUTTENZ, Switzerland -..In addition, the company took decisive measures to address production overcapacity such as temporary shutdowns, short time work or involuntary vacation... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/14-15/2010 Sun-Mon (archives) - updating today from Marcello's Café at Terrasses de la Chaudière, in Gatineau-Ottawa, QUÉBEC -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Chamber Corner, 2/14 Evening Observer via observertoday.com
    CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. -..The Chautauqua Job Service Employers Committee, Chautauqua Works and the New York State Department of Labor are presenting a program to alert businesses on assistance that is available, including the Southern Tier Incumbent Worker Training Grant, One Stop Center Programs, *Shared Work Program... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Toyota's UK employees face recall fallout, 2/15 Financial Times via ft.com
    UNITED KINGDOM, E.U. -..Last year, Toyota, in collaboration with labour unions, instituted a “worksharing” scheme under which pay and hours were reduced by 10 per cent... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. UK think tank: Move to 21-hour working week, 2/15 DigitalJournal.com
    ..The Guardian confirms that a spokesman for the Institute of Directors, an organization for business leaders with 55,000 members in the U.K. and contacts and/or a presence in many other parts of the world, explained that shorter working hours would affect the "continuity" upon which businesses rely... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We dare say that businesses rely much more strongly on markets, and until they replace downsizing with timesizing, businesses are going to continue to be downsizing their own customers' customers - in short, their own markets.]


    2/13/2010 Saturday (archives) - updating today from the Bank & Slater Second Cup coffeehouse in 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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Tax break could help - Incentive to rehire the unemployed is centerpiece of Senate jobs bill, BuffaloNews.com
    WASHINGTON, U.S. -..And there are some built-in protections for newly hired workers, so that they don't wind up as part-time workers doing full-time work: eligible workers would have to be hired for a minimum of 30 hours per week... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Call to slash long working hours - An economic research institute in Britain has suggested reducing the working week to 21 hours, ABC Online via abc.net.au
    LONDON, U.K. - The New Economics Foundation says the cut in hours would help tens of thousands of people find jobs, and give a break to those suffering from work-related stress... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/12/2010 Friyya's day (archives) - updating today from Marcello's Café at Terrasses de la Chaudière, in Gatineau-Ottawa, QUÉBEC -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Schumer-Hatch: Money for Nothing, by Dean Baker, TPMCafé (blog) via tpmcafe.talkingpointsmemo.com
    WASHINGTON - It's great that the Senate is prepared to do something to help create jobs. Unfortunately, its most likely course of action, the Schumer-Hatch tax credit will probably create almost no jobs... We can boost jobs with the right tax credits. Germany and the Netherlands have managed to keep their unemployment rate from rising in this downturn by promoting work-sharing. They give firms tax credits to keep workers employed at shorter hours rather than laying them off. In Germany and the Netherlands workers are experiencing this downturn as longer vacations and shorter workweeks... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Call for 21-hour week, Financial Times via ft.com
    ..France's maximum 35-hour week, introduced in 2000, produced mixed results and two years ago the Sarkozy government changed the law to allow employers to impose longer hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Mixed results? Unemployment was 12.6% in 1997 when it was voted in and companies began adjusting to it. Unemployment was 8.6% in the spring of 2001 when it was finally fully implemented and the US-led recesssion still hadn't hit France. They cut four hours off their workweek, from 39 to 35 hours a week, and got four percent less unemployment. That's one percent less unemployment for every hour cut from the workweek, same as the U.S. got when they cut from 44 hours to 40 hours a week between 1938 and 1940 and unemployment went from 19.0% in 1938 to 14.6% in 1940. Mixed results? Not hardly.]


    2/11/2010 Thor's day (archives) - updating today from from the cafeteria of l'Université du QUÉBEC en Outaouais, pavillon Brault, in Gatineau-Ottawa -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Local pols sound off on budget, Norristown Times Herald via TimesHerald.com
    HARRISBURG, Pa. -..“I’m pleased that the governor noted my work sharing legislation, House Bill 2160, as one of his legislative priorities that he would like to see passed this year. My proposal offers an innovative way to prevent increases in Pennsylvania’s unemployment rates..,” said State Rep. Matt Bradford (D-70th) in a statement... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. ArcelorMittal posts $1.07 b profit in Q4, TopNews.in
    EUROPE -..According to the company, this reduction in debts is linked to a big fall in costs with the help of its workers on short-time working... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/10/2010 Wednesday (archives) - updating today from Terrasses de la Chaudière, sur l'Île de Hull in Gatineau (Ottawa), QUÉBEC -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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. Where's Our Hopkins? Tapped (blog) via prospect.org
    WASHINGTON -..I particularly like his work-sharing suggestion, partly modeled on the German experience (and German unemployment is at least 2 points lower than ours just now)... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Better we should ask where's our worksharing Art Dahlberg from the 1930s than our makework Harry Hopkins!]
  2. Cut back on councillors' special allowances, Halifax Evening Courier via halifaxcourier.co.uk
    HALIFAX, Calderdale, W.Yorks., England -..Calderdale expenses going up again, staff being cut, early redundancies, council workers salaries frozen, short time working, etc... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/09/2010 Tuesday (archives) - updating today from Terrasses de la Chaudière, sur l'Île de Hull in Gatineau (Ottawa), QUÉBEC -
    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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - 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 Rendell Proposes Budget With No Tax Increase, More Money for Public Schools, Strategy for Jobs, Plan to Address Future Deficits, PR Newswire (press release)
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - ..Nearly 30000 Pennsylvanians would benefit from swift passage of Work Sharing legislation... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. British economy not yet in safe waters, amid calls for stronger exports and manufacturing, English.EastDay.com
    LONDON, U.K. - The British economy has been hit hard by the recession with firm closures, job losses and short- time working... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/07-08/2010 Sun-Mon (archives) - updating today from Galeries de Hull, sur l'Île de Hull in Gatineau (Ottawa), QUÉBEC -
    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. Rising employment number masks devastated job market - Analysts hail recovery but deeper probing reveals more precarious situation for workers, 2/08 Toronto Star via thestar.com
    NORTH AMERICA -..What about having EI (Employment Insurance) Work Sharing reports that show 180,000 Canadians still working short work weeks? What about publishing monthly EI exhaustee reports?... - see whole article under today's date.
    [What about enforcing the 40-hour workweek max and redefining 'full time' down to somewhere more suitable to the Age of Robotics? Meanwhile, what about losing our unemployment happytalk and getting a scope on how many people are not sustainably self-supporting?]
  2. ArcelorMittal looks to upturn potential, 2/07 Financial Times via ft.com
    EUROPE -..During the downturn, ArcelorMittal has cut 40,000 jobs while putting tens of thousands of other employees on short-time working... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/06/2010 Saturday on Friday's news (archives) - updating today from Galeries de Hull, sur l'Île de Hull in Gatineau (Ottawa), QUÉBEC -
    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 keeps workers on job, St. Louis Post-Dispatch via stltoday.com
    ..The toll might have been worse had it not been for *"Shared Work," a long-standing state and federally subsidized program that allowed Sunnen Products to pare hours instead of jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Shared Work program saves 20000 jobs in Washington, KNDO/KNDU via kndo.com
    SEATTLE, Wash. -..The Employment Security Department reports that more than 20000 Washington jobs were saved because of *Shared Work. Instead of laying off employees, the program cuts their hours. But the workers are then entitled to partial unemployment benefits which sustains their regular pay... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/05/2010 Friday  (archives) - updating today from Terrasses de la Chaudière sur l'Île de Hull in Gatineau, QUÉBEC -
    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. City of Watsonville faces $1.9 million deficit, SantaCruzSentinel.com
    WATSONVILLE, Calif.—..This year's furloughs, which saw most departments cut hours and staff pay by 10 percent as part of a $4.5 million package of budget reductions, is stretching city resources as it is... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Counting the cost of failure, MorningStarOnline.co.uk
    LONDON, U.K. -..A record number of individuals were declared insolvent during last year, with 134,142 people losing the battle to keep their heads above the water line. It's the highest level seen since records began in 1960 and, given the almost unending series of closures, lay-offs, short-time working deals and heavily... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/04/2010 Thursday  (archives) - updating today from a wifi-equipped Greyhound between Albany & Montréal -
    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. Court furloughs deferred, EmporiaGazette.com (subscr.)
    EMPORIA, Kans. -..Nuss said that the Judicial Branch has been accepted into the “Shared Work” program for unemployment compensation...if furloughs do become necesssary... - see more of article under today's date.
  2. Europeans Revitalize Plants to Save Jobs, New York Times, B1.
    BERLIN, Germany -..One crucial tool, along with such measures as work-sharing, is a reliance on environmental innovation... - see whole article under today's date.


    2/03/2010 Wednesday  (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. Carcieri offers tax credit to create 5000 new jobs, Providence Journal via projo.com
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -..The employee must work 30 hours a week or more and earn at least 250% of the state's minimum wage. Doing the math, that's about $18.50 an hour... - see whole article under today's date.
    [There'd be a lot less unemployment and more economic growth if ALL Americans were working 30 hours a week as a new "full time" - in accordance with the 30-hour workweek bill that passed the US Senate in 1933.]
  2. Recession forces job cuts at Reifenhäuser, by David Vink, EuropeanPlasticsNews.com
    TROISDORF, Germany -..Clearly, these short-time working and cost-cutting measures failed to prevent the job cuts that have been announced... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The only reason short-time working alias worksharing failed in this case is because the reduced workweek level was set by an arbitrary government program (Kurzarbeit) instead of by market forces acting through corporate revenues. Cleary this company did not reduce the workweek as low as market forces demanded. How do you know how far? You don't. You just keep cutting the workweek and reassigning and repackaging job descriptions until you can retain your whole workforce, preserve your whole skill set and corporate culture, and 'need' zero layoffs.]


    2/2/2010 Tuesday  (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. 17th Habitat home dedicated, GaylordHeraldTimes.com
    GAYLORD, Otsego County, Mich. -..According to Quandt, this home was built much quicker than their average Habitat home, primarily due to the young men who worked 30 hours per week and were paid through stimulus funds from the federal government... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So here we are right back to the 30-hour a week makework (WPA and CCC) of the 1930s because we didn't push through market-determined working hours via automatic inverse-variation of the workweek against underemployment - to easily, directly and inexpensively maintain full employment for maximum markets and growth.]
  2. PM Boc to address Chamber of Deputies and Senate, Financiarul.ro
    BUCHAREST, Romania -..Among the normative acts about which Boc said require rapid submission to Parliament are an emergency ordinance concerning short-time working...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS squib 1 - For months, QRST's of Somerville has avoided layoffs with a 32-hour workweek, personal interview during placement of order for Timesizing T-shirts
    SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Peter Rinnig, owner of *QRST's T-Shirt Printers took a vote of his half dozen employees last year to let them decide between a layoff or an hours cut - they chose to stick together and take the 4-day workweek with proportional paycut. The 4-day workweek lasted last year from Jan. to Apr. when conditions allowed a return to 5 days and 40 hours. Then this Jan., conditions required a return to 4 days - no major trauma, no loss of skill set.
  4. BONUS squib 2 - Markets News Afternoon:.. Kurzarbeit, Germany's short-time working scheme, FinFacts Ireland via finfacts.ie/irishfinancenews.com
    EUROPE - Germany's *Kurzarbeit work scheme: The German IAB Institute for Employment Research said today that public subsidies to support part-time working supported 1.2 million jobs last year. The institute said employees' average annual working time had decreased by 3.2% and noted that "this decrease corresponds to roughly 1.2 million jobs saved" as German suffered its worst recession since World War II.



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