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March 3-31, 2010 + Apr.1
 
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    3/31-4/01/2010 wed-thurs. on tues-wed's news (archives) - moving to triweekly updates in order 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. Leavenworth County transfer station to cut hours, staff, 4/01 TonganoxieMirror.com
    LEAVENWORTH, Kans. - ..Mark Wilson, [garbage] transfer station manager, got the County Commission's authority Thursday to cut hours and reduce personnel as needed to prevent operating in the red... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Merkel expects unemployment to rise despite today's drop, 3/31 ForexLive.com (blog)
    GERMANY - ..Kurzarbeit, as the [shorter-hours worksharing] program is known, has been blamed by employers for raising employment costs and has been cited by others for distorting the labor market... [Raising employment costs means strengthening domestic markets - employers would prefer perhaps weaker domestic markets, like the USA as it spirals down into the Third World? "Distorting" the labor market in the direction of sustainability? We should all have such "distortion"!]
    Pick your poison…Either pay to keep people employed or pay them unemployment benefits…Looks like Germany has chosen the lesser of two evils. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Amen to that. Paying them for nothing rather than something is inflationary - it's a wonder the inflation hawks haven't cottoned onto this. PS - when can we look forward to having "shorter hours" redefined as the new normal in the age of robots and huge technological productivity??]


    \ 3/28-29-30/2010 sun-mon-tue. on sat-sun-mon's news  (archives)- moving to triweekly updates in order 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. "Lineup pay" boosts managers' salaries - Sheriff makes sure appointees get same benefit negotiated for union workers, 3/28 BuffaloNews.com
    ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. - .."Most people who are management-confidential employees should expect to work more than 35 hours a week," she said. "That's the nature of their jobs. That's why they are getting higher base salaries ... management-confidential employees do not get overtime."... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And yet the sustainability of the economy depends on a maximum workweek, not a minimum - on a ceiling, not a floor, and we can't even find more than 35 hours a week of makework for teenagers, as the next story shows...]
  2. Summer employment for young adults, 3/30 WOFL FOX 35 via MyFoxOrlando.com
    ORLANDO, Fla. - ..The young adults will have an opportunity to earn $8.25 an hour and work 35 hours a week for either six or 11 weeks with employers from Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Sumter counties... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But weren't we calling France RADICAL for having an only 35-hour workweek?]
  3. Calls to limit UK working hours, 3/29 GAAPweb Finance and Accounting News via gaapweb.com
    UNITED KINGDOM - ..Labour has announced that it will fight to keep UK business' rights to opt out of the European Union's plans to limit weekly working hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Another example of disempowering long hours advocated by the deathwish half of the labor movement: "How can we create more desperate unemployed people to depress our wages and cut our bargaining our power - as in the USA?]
  4. Modest Recovery in Store for Germany, 3/30 International Monetary Fund via imf.org
    GERMANY - ..A short-term work program known as *Kurzarbeit [literally, "short work"] also helped limit the depth of the recession and will continue to provide substantial support for the economy... But the Kurzarbeit program--essentially a government subsidy for short-time work--also played a very important role. At its peak, the program supported work time reductions for 1.5 million employees, a figure that amounts to about 3.5% of the total labor force. This is really quite an astonishing number... The scheme is effective because it encouraged burden sharing between employers and employees and prevented unemployment. Research shows that prolonged unemployment does lasting damage to peoples’ skills sets. Thus, keeping people in the work force rather than laying them off is a major benefit of this program... - see whole article under today's date.


    3/26-27/2010 fri.-sat. on thu-fri's news-->  (archives)- updating today from that cluttered kitchen north of Cambridge, Mass.
    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. Adios 37.5-Hour San Francisco Work Week, Hola 12 Furlough Days, 3/26 SF Weekly via blogs.SFWeekly.com
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - ..The tentative, two-year deal, which requires unions' approval of course, calls [instead] for a dozen furlough days... - see whole article under today's date.
    [In the transition to homeostatic workweek management? - whatever!...as long as worktime per person (and spending power) is getting spread around.]
  2. Rail dispute talks set to resume, 3/27 ThisIsLondon.co.uk
    LONDON, England - ..Supervisors and Managers consistently work 60 plus hours for no extra when contracted to a 35 hour week. Most do so because of pressure and also to keep the railway going [and possibly because of the general labor surplus fostered by a "full time" workweek frozen for decades despite incessant waves of technological efficiency]... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So slavery is back in England after (2010-1824= )186 years.]
  3. LHC announces new working hours, 3/27 (3/28) The Nation, Pakistan
    LAHORE, Pakistan – The Lahore High Court has announced new working hours for High Court, Civil Courts and Session Courts with effect from April 1... - see whole article under today's date.


    3/24-25/2010 wed.-thurs.  (archives)- updating today from Terrasses de la Chaudière on 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. Judge Halts Furloughs for California State Lawyers. by Kate Moser, 3/25 The Recorder via Law.com
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. - Thousands of California state attorneys and administrative law judges will go back to a full 40-hour workweek in April after an Alameda County Superior... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Battle joined on EU working hours, by Stanley Pignal, 3/24 Financial Times via ft.com
    BRUSSELS, E.U. - The opening salvo in a battle towards a European Union-wide agreement on capping working hours was delivered Wednesday... - see whole article under today's date.