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     5/30-31-6/01/2010 sun-mon-tue, on sat-mon's news - triweekly updates (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. Your Social Life and Business Life: The Trust Issue, 5/31 ZDNet.com (blog)
    NEW YORK, U.S.A. - ..It was Henry Ford who effectively invented the weekend after realizing there was no point mass producing transport for the working man if they were always at work.
    [More accurately, it was the U.S. labor movement who invented the weekend because Ford had to be pressured into every conciliatory move he ever made since the above-market $5-a-day wage he introduced in 1912 so that (not often heard: he could forestall unionization and) as often heard, his workers could afford their own products.]
    ‘Welfare capitalism’ paid workers better, introduced the 40 hour work week and gave them weekends to use the car they could now afford to buy to enjoy their social lives, visit friends and explore new areas... - see whole article under today's date.
    [A few capitalists did realize this was better for everyone including themselves, but Ford was actually not one of them. They included Lord Leverhulme of Lever Brothers, W.K.Kellogg of Kellogg Cereals, Edward Filene of Filene's Basement, the Lincoln brothers of Lincoln Electric...]
  2. Germany's Economy Gains Steam - Unemployment falls and manufacturing is poised to rise, highlighting divide in euro zone, 6/01 (6/02) Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany — ..The number of people on Germany's subsidized work program, known as *Kurz-arbeit [*English version], has fallen roughly in half since it peaked at 1.5 million one year ago. That suggests a gamble Germany made at the start of the crisis is paying off. Kurzarbeit has been in place for decades, but the government expanded the program during the recent recession. Critics warned that by keeping people in their jobs, the government was simply delaying an inevitable adjustment that would have to come in order for Germany to stay competitive with other economic powerhouses including the U.S. and China. But now that global trade is recovering, German exporters have the staff, and expertise, on hand to meet demand..." - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Euro zone unemployment rate reaches record high, 6/01 FinanceMarkets.co.uk (blog)
    FRANKFURT, Germany — ..The country'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]... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS excerpt - German unemployment falls in May, 6/01 IrishTimes.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany — ..The government's subsidy scheme for short-time working, known as "Kurzarbeit", has helped Germany weather its worst postwar economic recession with only a modest rise in unemployment. Germany exited its recession in the second quarter of last year and recent economic indicators have beaten forecasts...


     5/28-29/2010 fri-sat - triweekly updates (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' -
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  1. A 4-day work week? 5/28 Patriot-News via pennlive.com
    HARRISBURG, Penn. - ..Many state workers work a 37.5-hour work week, five 7.5 hour days. Cut the work week to 36 hours, four 9-hour days, saving 1.5 hours per week... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Short-time working in Gschwend to continue 2010, 5/29 EUWID Wood Products and Panels via pfleiderer.com
    NEUMARKT, Germany - Pfleiderer will probably continue the 100% short-time working which has been in place in the Gschwend factory since June 2009 until the end of the period which is legally possible, i.e. until the end of 2010..." - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Working Hours Vary Little for Men and Women, 5/28 YLE News via yle.fi
    HELSINKI, Finland - Working hours for men and women in Finland have almost balanced out, according to a recent dissertation study from the University of Tampere. However, women in Finland still tend to do more housework..." - see whole article under today's date.


     5/26-27/2010 wed-thu - triweekly updates (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' -
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  1. Labor Standards: There's an App for That, 5/27 Huffington Post (blog)
    BEIJING, China - ..Apple's Supplier Code of Conduct is acceptable enough, limiting working hours to 60 hours per week (including overtime), requiring minimum wage and benefits consistent with local laws, and clean and safe dormitories with adequate heat, ventilation, personal space, and entry and exit privileges... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Shared Parenting Leave in Future, 5/26 TopNews United States
    LONDON, England - The latest announcement by the Queen will remove barriers to flexible working hours. As per a survey of 1,000 people in Britain, 65% of the people felt that the Government should introduce shared parental leave, which can be split between mothers and fathers..." - see whole article under today's date.


     5/23-24-25/2010 sun-mon-tue - triweekly updates (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. Jordan's special-ed budget is cut; 69 teaching aides let go, 5/24 Salt Lake Tribune via SLtrib.com
    RIVERTON, Utah - ..To make up for the smaller special-ed budget, Jordan is cutting 19 teachers and 69 full-time classroom assistants. Thirty-four of the assistant jobs will be filled with two part-timers to save on paying benefits... Beckstead and her husband, Doug, have planned a rally for Thursday at 12:30 p.m. outside Kauri Sue Hamilton School to protest the staff cuts, which also include cutting teaching assistants' hours from 40 to 35 hours a week... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. NHS working hours must be addressed by employers, warns BMA, 5/25 PersonnelToday.com
    LONDON, England - ..Recommendations include making shift lengths as short as practicable and encouraging doctors to rest during night shifts as much as possible..." - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Traffic personnel to get parasols, reduced working hours, 5/23 Times of India via timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    AHMEDABAD, India - ..After several reported incidents of fainting and dehydration, the officials have relaxed working hours... - see whole article under today's date.


     5/21-22/2010 fri-sat - triweekly updates (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. The Lesson Of The European Social Welfare System, 5/22 istockAnalyst.com (press release)
    ..The program — known as "Kurzarbeit," which translates as "short work" — and others like it lie at the heart of a heated debate that has erupted on the eve of next week’s Group of 20 meeting of industrialized and developing nations and the European Union, creating a rift between the Obama administration and European governments... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Turkish Airlines says notified of strike move, Reuters via 5/21 Forexyard.com
    ..Hava-Is wants to shorten hours to comply with European and US flight-safety standards, union chairman Mustafa Yagci told Reuters on Thursday... - see whole article under today's date.


     5/19-20/2010 wed-thu - triweekly updates (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. Bridgeton library cut hours because of lost city contributions, says board treasurer, 5/20 NJ.com
    BRIDGETON, N.J. — ..Employees working more than 20 hours a week must receive benefits, so minus the $77000 from the city, the board decided to cut hours per worker to 19 a week... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. County councillor's climb aboard the gravy train, 5/20 ThisIsTotalEssex.co.uk
    ESSEX COUNTY, England - On Tuesday, union chiefs at Essex County Council said they had seen a secret hit list to axe 85 jobs to pay for performance-related pay, start a two-year pay freeze, stop bonuses for lowest paid employees, trim working hours from 37 to 36 or 35 hours a week, and stop sick pay for the first three days... - see whole article under today's date.


     5/16-17-18/2010 sun-mon-tue - triweekly updates (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. Madeira Beach city employees get shorter workweek, 5/18 St. Petersburg Times via Tampabay.com
    MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. — The city may not have enough money to give raises, but it has found something else to reward its employees — a shorter workweek. All city employees, except firefighters, are now working four hours less each week as they head home at noon on Fridays for an extended weekend. The new schedule is part of the city's contract negotiations with the Communications Workers of America and affects about 40 city employees. "We don't have the money, so we tried to find another way to reward employees," City Manager W.D. Higginbotham Jr. explained Tuesday. "Madeira Beach is a good place to work and we want to keep it that way."... The CWA contract was overwhelmingly approved by city employees with only two voting against it... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And then there's the dumb half of the labor movement, who never understands that shorter hours makes them a scarcer commodity and harnesses market forces on their side to give them more bargaining power and more pay -]
  2. Shortened work week draws union challenge, 5/18 ShoreNewsToday.com
    EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – The local Government Workers Union is filing a suit against Egg Harbor Township alleging unfair labor practices after Township Committee agreed Wednesday, May 12 to reduce the work week from 40 hours down to 35 for some of the union employees... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Lansing council opts to impose furloughs, 5/18 LansingStateJournal.com
    LANSING, Mich. - ..The 26 furlough days - as well as a 0.4-mill property tax increase paired with 13 unpaid furlough days - were both floated by the council as alternatives to Mayor Virg Bernero's proposal for a four-day, 36-hour workweek for city employees, with City Hall being closed on Fridays. All three proposals were projected to save $1.7 million each... The question now..is how does the city accomplish the 26 furlough days, which could mean the same 10% paycut that a 36-hour, four-day workweek would have wrought... - see whole article under today's date.


     5/14-15/2010 fri-sat, on thu-fri's news (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. Pa. needs work-sharing law, state official says - Labor & Industry Secretary Sandi Vito visits Wyoming Valley to call for changes in the jobless benefits system [long version], 5/14 TimesLeader.com
    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – ..Vito said state House Bill 2160, a measure that would establish a work-sharing program to help prevent layoffs, was unanimously passed by the state House and is now in the state Senate... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Finding a child care balance, 5/15 Omaha World-Herald via omaha.com
    ..The hours in childcare among study participants ranged from two hours a week to 60 hours a week, averaged over time... The average was between 20 hours and 30 hours a week. But..her earlier work found the increase in problem behaviors showed up among children in child care for 45 hours or more a week. For those in child care less than 30 hours a week, rates of problem behavior mirrored those of the general population. Those who spent fewer than 20 hours a week in child care displayed fewer problems than the norm... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Gee, maybe we should actually be looking for more free time to raise our own kids instead of more childcare to accommodate mega working hours (especially in the age of worksaving' technology?!).]


     5/12-13/2010 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. Pa. needs work-sharing law, state official says, 5/13 Wilkes Barre Times-Leader via timesleader.com
    WILKES-BARRE, Penn. – State Labor & Industry Secretary Sandi Vito was in town Thursday to campaign for establishment of a work-sharing program and the enactment of changes to the state’s unemployment compensation law... - see whole article under today's date and longer version tomorrow.
  2. Long working hours can cause heart disease - don't let your job be the death of you, 5/12 Mirror.co.uk (blog)
    LONDON, England - ..Long working hours may mean you skip regular health checks and ignore symptoms, not to mention missing out on quality time with your family and losing touch ... - see whole article under today's date.


     5/09-10-11/2010 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. Governor's race is full on the fringe, 5/11 San Jose Mercury News via mercurynews.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -..The other Democrats on June's primary ballot are Richard Aguirre..running on a solar-energy platform; Lowell Darling, a conceptual artist... There's also Charles "Chuck" Pineda, who advocates a 32-hour workweek; Peter Schurman, a former MoveOn.org executive... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Every election should have such a wealth of choices and discussion starters!]
  2. Protesting Furloughs, 5/10 WBNG-TV News via WBNG.com
    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -..The four-day work week would save the state more than $30 million a week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Layoffs possible in Mesilla, 5/09 Las Cruces Sun-News via lcsun-news.com
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. - ..Currently, Mesilla town employees are on a 32-hour workweek. At the start of the current fiscal year, employee hours were increased to a 35-hour workweek but as fluctuations continued in tax revenues, trustees were forced to lower hours back to 32... - see whole article under today's date.


     5/07-08/2010 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. For Mother's Day, Hope for Work-Life Balance and Workplace Flexibility, 5/08 HuffingtonPost.com (blog)
    ..Worksharing is an important work-life balance concept that allows people to work reduced hours and spend more time with family. Interestingly, the Depression-era Fair Labor Standards Act and its 40-hour workweek became law as a kind of worksharing concept to reduce unemployment... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. US Jobs Market Can Take Leaf Out Of Germany's *'Kurzarbeit', 5/07 RTTNews.com
    The US economy has been out of recession for months but its labor market has not yet started to recover. As President Barack Obama ponders new measures to spark a revival on the jobs front during an election year, he may want to look towards Germany for a possible answer - [work] sharing... - see whole article under today's date.


     5/05-06/2010 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. House OKs money for lost work hours, 5/5 NashuaTelegraph.com
    CONCORD, N.H. – A bill encouraging financially strapped companies to reduce work hours rather than lay off employees cleared the state Legislature... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. BONUS excerpt - LightPath Technologies Announces Positive Net Income for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2010, 5/06 MarketWatch.com (press release)
    ORLANDO, Fla. - ..The first four months of fiscal 2010 were at a four day work week and we returned to a five day work week starting in November 2009......


     5/02-03-04/2010 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. Plainfield Schools shorten summer work week, 5/02 Plainfield Herald-News via Plainfield Sun via suburbanchicagonews.com
    PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- To save about $110000 in utility costs, Plainfield School District is moving to a four-day work week... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. German manufacturing PMI posts survey-record high of 61.5, 5/03 Reliable Plant Magazine via reliableplant.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ..Job creation was recorded for the first time since September 2008 and there were reports that short-time working had been scaled back... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS excerpt - Mercedes-Benz Plants In Bremen, Rastatt End Short-Time Work, 5/04 Dow Jones via Wall Street Journal via wsj.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany -- Daimler AG (DAI.XE) said Tuesday that short-time work at its Mercedes-Benz plants in Bremen and Rastatt will end immediately due to a recovery in demand for luxury cars......



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