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     4/30-5/01/2010 fri-sat (archives) - triweekly updates
    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 amends its UI law regarding extended benefits, *shared work program, 4/30 HR.CCH.com
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - ..The law now allows an individual to be eligible for shared work benefits for 52 weeks during the 12-month period of the shared work plan. Prior law only allowed such benefits for 26 weeks... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Another workers group reaches deal with township - AFSCME local agrees to shorter week, cutting $77,000 in 2010 expenses, 5/01 (4/29) Packet Online via centraljersey.com
    HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. - ..The shorter workweek will result in the salary reductions for employees, creating a $77,000 savings to taxpayers for 2010 as well as a savings of $160,000 in 2011 and $167,000 in 2012... Mayor DelCore said the choice to move to a shorter workweek, rather than accept a salary freeze for the year, was made entirely by the union members... - see whole article under today's date.


     4/28-29/2010 wed-thu (archives) - triweekly updates
    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. Letter: Shared work, 4/28 (4/27) Topeka Capital Journal via cjonline.com
    TOPEKA, Kans. - For the past two decades, the *Shared Work Program through the Kansas Department Labor has been helping Kansas businesses retain their skilled work force while avoiding harmful layoffs... In some cases, the Shared Work Program has been all that has kept a business afloat during a period of low production... That's why I was more than a little dismayed to read an editorial in the April 18 edition of this newspaper that wholly misrepresented the program and its purpose... Last year, 509 employers had approved plans in the program, and already this year there are more than 130 approved plans... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Germany's jobs miracle: Short-time work, flexible contracts and healthy companies; Unemployment rose only 200,000 from October 2008 low, 4/28 FinFacts.ie
    DUBLIN, Ireland -..The factors responsible for Germany's jobs miracle were the extension of the *Kurzarbeit short-time work scheme, less paid overtime and the reduction of positive balances on working-time accounts. All in all, the cutback in working time saved around 1.2 million jobs... [and, say, 2.4 million consumers from going into shock, and say, 1.2 thousand small businesses from going into bankruptcy... ...] - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS excerpt #1 - German unemployment rate in surprise fall. 4/29 FinanceMarkets.co.uk (blog)
    ..Germany's job market is much stronger than in many other countries and many believe it is the result of the “Kurzarbeit” scheme, introduced by the German Government, designed to prevent mass redundancies [=layoffs]...
  4. BONUS excerpt #2 - German Unemployment Falls Sharply In April, 4/29 DailyMarkets.com
    ..On April 21, the Angela Merkel administration decided to extend the popular short-time working scheme known as Kurzarbeit until 2012...
  5. BONUS excerpt #3 - German jobless rate declines to 8.1 pct in April [from 8.5 in March], 4/29 Forbes.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ..The data from Europe's biggest economy indicated the unadjusted jobless rate for April was 8.1%, down from 8.5% in March... "The overall fallout from the economic crisis remains moderate," the [Federal Labor Agency] said and cited short-time work schemes as a main reason for the labor market's resilience...


     4/25-26-27/2010 sun-mon-tue (archives) - triweekly updates
    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. Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Secretary Praises House for Passing Work Sharing Bill - Urges Senate to Act Swiftly to Establish Program in Use in 17 Other States, 4/26 PRNewswire.com (press release)
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - ..Work sharing would enable businesses to avoid permanent layoffs by reducing the number of regularly scheduled hours of work for all or part of their workforce. Employees whose hours are reduced through a work sharing program would be eligible for unemployment compensation for those lost work hours. Because work sharing is an alternative to layoffs, there would be no additional costs to the commonwealth's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Paterson seeks to furlough 100000 workers a week, Buffalo News via 4/27 DailyCaller.com
    ALBANY, N.Y. - ..The governor today also said the state's fiscal picture is at crisis proportions, and wants lawmakers to also end their three-day workweek in Albany and remain at the Capitol at least five days a week until the budget is adopted... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Lansing City Council seeks input on mayor's budget proposal, 4/25 LansingStateJournal.com
    LANSING, Mich. - ..For the budget year starting July 1, [Mayor] Bernero has proposed a four-day, 36-hour workweek for approximately 550 employees, not including police, fire and 911 dispatch services, to help resolve an approximately $12 million gap between revenue and expenses... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS excerpt #1 - Many plans fail health reform affordability test: Analysis, 4/27 BusinessInsurance.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Under a health care reform law provision that begins in 2014, employers are subject to stiff penalties if premiums paid by full-time employees exceed 9.5% of their household income... “Employers question how they are going to get that information, and..what happens if an employee’s total family income changes during the course of a plan year?”.. Numerous other provisions will force employers to make design changes or face penalties. For example, the law requires employers to offer affordable coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week...
    [Poor Americans = too self-absorbed to learn from all the other advanced economies, which have had decades of experience with universal healthcare and have thus done decades of debugging. Couldn't they at least learn from Hawaii's excellent plan in the early 1990s?]
  5. BONUS excerpt #2 - MVD office to shorten hours, 4/27 Las Cruces Sun-News via lcsun-news.com
    SANTA FE, N.M. - State Motor Vehicle Division offices will be closing earlier because of budget cuts. MVD Director Michael Sandoval said the agency's offices will close at 3:30 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. starting July 6. He estimates it will save about $105,000 a year...
  6. BONUS excerpt #3 - Four-day week starts July 1 for Millville city workers, 4/27 Cumberland County Daily Journal via thedailyjournal.com
    MILLVILLE, N.J. - The city's shift to a four-day workweek will mean new schedules for most of its employees and changes in some city services. Starting July 1, City Hall will close on Fridays. The City Commission made the move to help trim the municipal budget and close a spending gap...
  7. BONUS excerpt #4 - Wellington extends four-day workweek to expand savings, 4/27 PalmBeachPost.com
    WELLINGTON, Fla. - The village is on track to save double the amount of money it projected it would by shortening its staff's work-week this fiscal year. The village thought it would save $300,000 by closing its offices on Fridays. But the change saved Wellington $303,806 in just six months, October through March. It's expected to save the village $618,360 over a year... The village council tonight unanimously voted to continue with the four-day work-week. The council in September had voted on a six-month trial period for the shortened week...


     4/23-24/2010 fri-sat (archives) - triweekly updates
    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. Four day work week, 4/23 Amador Ledger-Dispatch,CA via Ledger-Dispatch.com
    It's time for a 32 hour, four day work week. The 32 hour work week should have been more than just a thought sixty years ago when women became an integral part of the workforce during and after World War II... - see whole article under today's date.
    [or during the 1970s at the latest, when housewives jumped into the workforce by the millions as the babyboomers grew up, entered the workforce, restored the labor surplus of the Depression and ... stagnated men's wages.]
  2. Exempt and Non-Exempt Employees: What's the Difference? 4/24 24-7PressRelease.com
    ..Employers are required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to pay non-exempt employees for the first 40 hours of work in any given workweek at their regular rate of pay. Once a non-exempt employee works more than 40 hours for the workweek, then the employer is required to pay the employee one-and-a-half times their regular rate of pay for each hour over 40... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Pittsburg schools approves $11.2 million in budget changes, 4/24 ContraCostaTimes.com
    PITTSBURG, Calif. - ..If further cuts are required to balance the district's $75.5m annual budget, options include increasing class sizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades; reducing the work day for teachers by two days coupled with a 1.09% salary cut for nonteaching positions; early retirement incentives for longtime teachers and employees; and cutting the summer workweek. - see whole article under today's date.


     4/21-22/2010 wed-thu (archives) - triweekly updates
    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. Finley announces extension, 4/21 TillsonburgNews.com,ONT
    TILLSONBURG, Ont., Canada - ..Finley announced work-sharing measures would be extended on April 9. The program allows employers to operate temporarily with a three or four-day work week and avoid temporary layoffs by allowing employees to collect Employment Insurance on days they don't work... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Germany's Secrets for a Steadier Job Market, 4/21 New York Times (blog) via economix.blogs.nytimes.com
    ..One big reason Germany has kept a lid on unemployment, already well known, is the widespread use of so-called short work — “Kurzarbeit” in German. The scheme allows companies to cut workers’ hours, with the government making up some of the lost wages... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. 20000 vacant opportunities for working in Germany, 4/22 LibertyBishop.co.uk
    ..Jack Ewing, economics writer for the New York Times, recently said unemployment in the country has been controlled through Kurzarbeit - reducing the amount of hours employees can work... - see whole article under today's date.


     4/18-19-20/2010 (archives) - triweekly updates
    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. Jobs aren't finite, but investment is, 4/19 National Center for Policy Analysis via ncpa.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Dean Baker and Kevin Hassett..have teamed up to promote the concept of "work sharing" as a solution to the high US unemployment rate. Unfortunately, the scheme will make finding employment more -- not less -- difficult, says economist John Tamny... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Only if you'd prefer to start trying to find employment with only 30 jobs on offer (eighty hrs/wk) rather than with 60 jobs on offer (forty hrs/wk) or 120 jobs on offer (twenty hrs/wk) with the resulting higher pay as anxious employers bid against one another for good help. But then, John Tamny also believes robotization is introduced to create more work, not more efficiencies, worksavings and layoffs... He's suffering from a common sickness among mainstream economic "scientists": a partitioned brain that clings to dozens of 180-degree contradictions at the same time. The tides of human progress are leaving these gulls behind, in their comfy hemlock clubs. Here, Tamny, have a refill...]
  2. Avoiding layoffs Program serves businesses, employees, 4/19 WatertownDailyTimes.com,NY
    WATERTOWN, N.Y. - ..New York's *Shared Work program has saved 11,000 jobs in more than 2,300 businesses taking advantage of it, Stateline.org reports. New York's participation has surged seven-fold since 2007... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. School budget trimming aims to spare classrooms - Administrators search for cuts that don't hit teachers, programs, 4/20 Gary Post Tribune,IN via post-trib.com
    GRIFFITH, ind. - A four-day work week during the summer. Experimentation with online course offerings... Griffith Public Schools board members no longer receive a stipend for their service, and the school district will operate on a four-day work week during the summer in an effort to save on energy costs... - see whole article under today's date.


     4/16-17 /2010 (archives) - triweekly updates
    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. How To Ditch The 9-5 Work Week, 4/16 Investopedia via San Francisco Chronicle via sfgate.com
    ..The most common types of flexible arrangements are flextime, a compressed work week, job sharing, telecommuting or reduced time... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Lorain City Health Department cuts 6 employees due to budget, 4/16 MorningJournal.com
    ..The board in March 2009, approved a reduced workweek for the department, which saved the department nearly $163,000 in salary and fringe benefits through the end of 2009. The reduced workweek was not a board mandate, but a concession by consensus of the staff, Tomaszewski said. The department this year returned to a five-day workweek in 2010... The reduced workweek might have worked starting in January this year... - see whole article under today's date.
    [They quit timesizing too soon!]


    4/14-15/2010 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. Germany tells world how to run an economy, 4/15 Expatica.com
    .."Germany's labour market and social policy is of keen interest to other countries," Ursula von der Leyen, labour and social affairs minister, said as she announced the new *www.bmas.de/en website. Visitors, she said, would be able to read about the system of *"Kurzarbeit" ("short-time work"), a system credited with keeping a lid on unemployment in Europe's biggest economy despite it suffering its worst recession since 1945... "In the current world economic crisis, many are particularly interested in the issue of short-time work. Observers abroad have coined the phrase the 'German job miracle'... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Furloughed court workers to receive some benefits, 4/15 KansasReporter.org (blog)
    TOPEKA, Kan. – ..The Kansas Department of Labor offers a *“Shared Work Program,” and under that program, judicial workers will be compensated 20 percent of the unemployment benefits they would have received if they had lost their jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Germany to extend job subsidies until mid-2012 - draft, 4/14 Reuters via Forexyard.com
    BERLIN - Germany wants to extend its part-time work scheme until mid-2012 to stem job losses, according to a draft law obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. The country's "Kurzarbeit" work scheme, which has helped deflect the worst of the recession from the labour market, is due to expire at the end of this year... - see whole article under today's date.


    4/11-12-13/2010 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. Jobs Aren't Finite, But Investment Is - A new ''work-sharing'' proposal will make finding employment more--not less--difficult, by John Tamny, 04.12.10 Forbes magazine
    - see whole article and rebuttal under future date 4/18-19-20/2010 #1(b).
  2. Recession takes toll on Mesilla employees' salaries, 4/11 Las Cruces Sun-News via lcsun-news.com
    MESILLA, N.M. -..Two years ago, trustees had to reduce the workweek for employees from 40 hours to 32. At the start of the current fiscal year, based on optimism the economy was recovering, the workweek was expanded to 35 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Why UK Inflation Will Increase in 2010, 4/12 The Market Oracle via marketoracle.co.uk
    LONDON, U.K. -..They have done innovative things like cut hours, rather than cut jobs, so they can keep skills... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. CNMI govt workers told work hours reduced, 4/13 Radio New Zealand International via rnzi.com
    MARIANAS ISLANDS, South Pacific - Hundreds of workers in the Northern Marianas Government have received notification their hours of work are being cut. This is part of the Government’s austerity programme, in which employees hours per fortnight will be cut from 80 to 70 hours... - see whole article under today's date.


    4/09-10/2010 fri-sat. on thurs-fri'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. Some US states lessen impact of unemployment through job-sharing programs, 4/09 Michigan Business Review - MLive.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. - Seventeen states across the country have an alternative to layoffs and unemployment called work-sharing or short-time compensation... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Work shared, jobs spared, 4/10 Stateline.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. - ...Called work sharing, or short-time compensation, the program has helped thousands of companies avoid layoffs in New York and 16 other states. This year, lawmakers in seven more states are considering bills that would authorize the widely praised approach to saving jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Look Who's Depressed Now: Interns, 4/10 PsychCentral.com (blog)
    USA - ..Yes, you read that right. The more hours worked, the more depressed a medical student becomes on internship... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Government of Canada Protects Jobs Through Work-Sharing - Canada’s Economic Action Plan extends and enhances program to minimize impact of recession on workers, 4/09 Marketwire.com (press release)
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont., Canada -- ..The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced today that the Government of Canada is enhancing the Work-Sharing program... - see whole article under today's date.


    4/07-08/2010 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. Re: Work Sharing, 4/08 National Review Online (blog) via NationalReview.com
    It's an interesting idea [referring to Dean Baker's and Kevin Hassett's 4/05 article "Work-sharing could work for us" first under ]. Has anyone seen intelligent criticism of it?
    [The short answer is no. All the criticism ignores the meaninglessness of productivity regardless of marketability. In other words, only marketable productivity matters, and as Reuther retorted to Henry Ford's challenge, "Let's see you unionize these robots!" - "Let's see you sell them cars."] - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Work shared, jobs spared, 4/07 Stateline.org
    ..Called work sharing, or short-time compensation, the program has helped thousands of companies avoid layoffs in New York and 16 other states.... - see whole article under today's date.


    4/4-5-6/2010 sun-mon-tues. 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. Work-sharing could work for us - European nations have had great success in spreading the pain among workers and offsetting the lost wages with government credits - The U.S. should do likewise, 4/05 Los Angeles Times via latimes.com
    ..This recession clearly threatens to do permanent damage to the careers of a generation of workers, and policy action is urgent. After surveying policies around the world, we found that there is one that clearly dominates in terms of impact and cost-effectiveness: work-sharing... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We believe this "recession" is permanent, - a diagonally downward deathspiral - until we completely replace downsizing with timesizing. You can't get upsizing alias growth out of downsizing, no matter how much you worship Schumpeter and his "creative destruction" rationalization. Look in every cell of your own body - has there been "creative destruction" of the 95% of your genome that we have no idea of its function, if any? Nope. It's still all there. Downsizing is economic suicide, period. It should happen only in cases of corporate extremis and be immediately and smoothly offset by a downward adjustment, however small, in a living, fluctuating workweek at an overall ("aggregate") economic level.]
  2. Would You Mind Sharing Some of Your Job? 4/06 TIME (blog) via money.blogs.time.com
    ..Work-sharing could help tens of thousands of employees to avoid layoffs. Here, an argument for how the American worker might spread the wealth—and the pain—during tough economic times...
    [This is exactly the insurance principle, and much more effective and sustainable than unemployment insurance once we switch funding to, e.g., a tax on overtime with an exemption for hiring.]
    Friday furloughs are producing an unexpected dividend for many of these workers: Marketers have discovered them... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So the "sky is NOT falling" as predicted when we go green OR when we timesize instead of downsizing - quite the contrary! And then we have situations where service levels should be maintained by hiring additional employees despite shorter hours for current employees -]
  3. Postal unions blast 5-day plan, 4/4 WatertownDailyTimes.com,Watertown,NY
    If the U.S. Postal Service cuts its delivery week from six days to five, eliminating mail delivery on Saturdays, hundreds of rural and city letter carriers in the north country could face layoffs or a reduction in work hours... - see whole article under today's date.


    4/02-03/2010 fri-sat. on thurs-fri'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. TGIFF: Some idled state workers find 'Furlough Fridays' can be fun - Forced to take time off, some hit the ski slopes; a discount on sushi, by Jim Carlton, 4/02 WSJ, A1.
    TRUCKEE, Calif. - ..Over 200,000 California state employees..have been furloughed without pay every Friday for over a year. [Some are] loving.."Furlough Friday: and it's becoming a staple around the country as state governments force workers to take a weekly day off - usually Friday - to help bridge budget gaps... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Doncha luvvit? Freedom-talking Americans have to have real freedom "forced" upon them! = financially secure free time, without which the other freedoms are inaccessible and meaningless.]
  2. The Big Question: What do the jobs numbers mean for GOP, Dems? 4/02 The Hill (blog)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - .. Dean Baker: ..If the boys and girls in Congress can't find the backbone to spend the money to get people back to work, how about work sharing? Germany and the Netherlands have used work sharing to keep unemployment from rising even though they have suffered steeper downturns than the United States. The folks running economic policy in Washington can't be that much stupider than the politicians in Germany and the Netherlands. [Oh no?] We should be able to do work sharing here too... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. NUT conference [National Union of Teachers]: Teachers talk of strike to win 35-hour working week - Annual conference of largest teachers' union votes unanimously to ballot on strike if working hours demands not met, 4/03 The Manchester via Guardian.co.uk
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom - ..England's biggest classroom union issued a threat yesterday to strike unless the next government cuts teachers' workload to a 35-hour week... Teachers argued that they work an average of 18.7 hours of unpaid overtime every week, and that their workload has grown worse... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Slavery with a new face and by another name, "unpaid overtime."]



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    Apr-Mar/2009
    Feb-Jan/2009
    2005-2008
    November 2-30/2004 + Dec.
    October/2004 + Nov.1
    September/2004
    Jul.31 + August/2004
    July 1-30/2004
    June/2004
    May/2004
    April/2004
    March 2-31/2004
    Jan.31 + February 1-29/2004 + Mar.1
    January 1-30/2004
    December 2-31/2003
    November/2003 + Dec.1
    October/2003
    Sept.2-30/2003
    August/2003 + Sep.1
    July/2003
    June/2003 + May 31
    May 1-30/2003
    Apr/2003
    Mar/2003
    Feb/2003
    Jan/2003
    Dec/2002 + Nov.30
    Nov.1-29/2002
    Oct/2002
    Sept/2002
    Aug/2002
    July/2002
    June/2002
    May/2002
    Apr/2002
    Mar/2002
    Feb/2002
    Jan/2002
    Dec/2001
    Nov/2001
    Oct/2001
    Sept/2001
    Aug/2001
    July/2001
    June/2001
    May/2001
    Apr/2001
    Mar/2001
    Feb/2001
    Jan/2001
    Dec/2000
    Nov/2000
    Oct/2000
    Sep/2000
    Aug/2000
    July/2000
    June/2000
    May/2000
    Apr/2000
    Mar/2000
    Feb/2000
    Jan/2000
    Dec/1999
    Nov/99
    Oct/99
    Sept/99
    Aug-July/99
    June-May/99
    before April 30/99

    For more details on the work-sharing approach, see our layman's guide Timesizing, Not Downsizing which is available at bookstores in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. or from *Amazon.com online.

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