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July 2-31, 2010

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     7/30-31/2010 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. Germany's Missing Link: Consumer Spending, 7/30 Wall Street Journal (blog) via blogs.wsj.com
    [Yet another strained attempt by true believers in the mainstream Creative Destruction fallacy to spin Germany as "in trouble."]
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..BMW ended its use of Kurzarbeit earlier in the year. Business and consumer confidence are now on the rise, the latest data show. Just add consumer spending... - see whole article under today's date.
    [which usually rises with consumer confidence, duh...]
  2. Germany Regains Jobs Lost in Recession - Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.6% in July; Euro Surges, Although Country's Export-Driven Economic Recovery Isn't Assured, 7/30 Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..Germany has limited job losses in part because of a popular subsidy program for short-hours work, known as Kurzarbeit. Under the plan, companies reduce workers' hours but keep them on staff, with the government kicking in for some of their lost wages and social-security contributions... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS excerpt - Depilatories - Italy - Market Report - New Market Report Published - New report provides detailed analysis of the Consumer Goods market, by Press Office, 7/30 OfficialWire.com (press release)
    [Apparently Italy is going backward on working hours -]
    ROME, Italy - With Italians becoming more time-pressed while balancing longer working hours and family responsibilities, consumers sought out depilatories [huh??] that were quick or easy to apply [makes sooo much sense]. New product developments in hair removers/bleaches featured the convenience benefit as a point of differentiation, as these products competed against women's razors and blades that are typically preferred for their efficiency...


     7/28-29/2010 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. Hoping to save the library a brick at a time, 7/28 Charlotte Observer,NC
    DAVIDSON, N.C. - ..Hours at community libraries have been cut back to four days and 32 hours a week: 10 am-7 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 am-5 pm Fridays and Saturdays... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And while the USA limps along with workweek cuts only on the individual organization or municipality level, Germany has done it on a national level with its Short Work (Kurz-arbeit) program -]
  2. 'Minor miracle' saves Germany, 7/29 (/30) Bloomberg via Business Report,ZUIDAFRIKA via busrep.co.za
    FRANKFURT, Germany -..Under the short-work plan, or Kurzarbeit in German, companies can temporarily move staff onto shorter working weeks to reduce costs during periods of weak demand... - see whole article under today's date.
    [How much of a worry from the US and UK "Chicken Little's" is this for Germany? -]
  3. Germany Econ Min: GDP Growth Could Exceed 2% This Year: Press, 7/29 AutomatedTrader.net
    [Let's see if the US or UK can come anywhere near that without major book-cookin' and figure-fiddlin'.]
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..The number of workers on short-time work schemes ("Kurzarbeit") should drop to below 100,000, he said. The latest official data for short-time work go only to March, when about 800,000 employees were still on such contracts. Analysts reckon that the total has dropped considerably in the meantime. "If the trend continues -- and there are some indications of that -- I think a medium-term unemployment rate of 4% is entirely possible," Bruederle predicted. "In some regions we already have nearly full employment"... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. German unemployment slips to 20-month low, 7/29 International Business Times via ibtimes.com
    NUREMBERG, Germany - Unemployment in Germany fell for the 13th straight month in July, as the jobless rate edged down to 7.6 percent – a 20-month low – from 7.7 percent. According to the Nuremberg-based Federal Labor Agency, the number of jobless people declined (on a seasonally-adjusted basis) by 20,000 to 3.21 million -- the lowest level since November 2008 Unemployment in Germany fell for the 13th straight month in July, as the jobless rate edged down to 7.6 percent – a 20-month low – from 7.7 percent... “The German labor market has been surprisingly resilient thanks to the Government's Kurzarbeit subsidies, which encourage firms to reduce working hours instead of cutting headcounts [and consumer markets]... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. MAN AG Second-Quarter Net Income Jumps Sevenfold as Truck Demand Recovers, 7/29 Bloomberg.com
    MUNICH, Germany - Short-time work arrangement will phase out in the second half of this year, Chief Financial Officer Frank Lutz said... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/25-26-27/2010 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' -
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  1. Shouldn't High Unemployment = Less Work To Do? 7/27 Seeing the Forest (blog)
    WASHINGTON, D.C? - ..Suppose we just shorten the workweek? What if we change from a 40-hour workweek to a 30-hour workweek? Economist Dean Baker has been offering ideas for workweek reductions for some time... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Stimulus funds give Rome kids summer jobs, 7/25 Rome News Tribune,GA via romenews-tribune.com
    ROME, Ga. - ..The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program allowed students ages 14 through 18 to work 35 hours a week for eight weeks and earn $8.50 an hour at one of 50 different locations around Rome... - see whole article under today's date.
    [35 hours a week in Rome, Ga. USA from the American federal gov't TANF program? Isn't that the same workweek as those "radical socialist communist lazy" FRENCH have?...not to mention those GERMANS! -]
  3. Daimler lifts operating profit targets, 7/27 Financial Times via ft.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..Daimler used short-time work and a temporary agreement to reduce the workforce’s salaries to cut costs during last year’s steep crisis. With the end of the second quarter, Daimler dropped all short-time work, while the labour agreement ran out automatically... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And there is still an enormous effort to find a downside to cutting hours instead of jobs -]
  4. Germany's Labor-Market `Miracle' Comes at a Price for Recovering Economy, 7/27 Bloomberg.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..“Companies have replaced rigidly agreed working hours with flexible labor schemes that allow them to breathe with the economy,” said Joerg Kraemer, chief economist at Commerzbank AG in Frankfurt. “Germany’s labor market is less inflexible than commonly thought”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It can't be working! It CAN'T be! Europe CAN'T be better! The USA is best! The USA is best! ... or are we...? -]
  5. Budget Cut in Newark: Toilet Paper, Work Week, Decorations and City Pools Axed, 7/26 National Ledger
    NEWARK, N.J. - ..Workers are also being shifted to a four day work week, essentially a 20% pay cut... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/23-24/2010 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. City union likely to take furloughs, 7/24 Vineland Daily Journal
    VINELAND, N.J. - ..The 242 members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Unit 2 were asked to decide whether City Hall employees should take 12 unpaid days off or cut 2.5 hours from their workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Economy in 'party mood,' survey finds, 7/23 TheLocal.de
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..The survey results came as daily Bild reported that just 10000 workers at the country's biggest firms are still on the Kurzarbeit scheme, under which their work hours are reduced to avoid layoffs... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Police on the march over working hours, 7/24 (7/25) Cyprus-Mail.com
    NICOSIA, Cyprus - ..The officers shouted “no to the eight-hour shift” and held placards demanding their working hours to be harmonised with those of the civil service... SAK secretary Panayiotis Panayiotou said the eight-hour shift started during the island’s colonial years and was scrapped in 1983... “The chief of police decided to bring it back without prior dialogue with the police association,” Panayiotou said. In doing so, the chief is forcing the officers to work over 49 hours per week instead of 40 hours, Panayiotou said. - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Kaleidoscope of the Heart: Making fulltime working hours more flexible, 7/24 Mainichi Daily News via mdn.mainichi.jp
    TOKYO, Japan - How would you answer if you were asked until what time do you work? Many fulltime employees, or those self-employed, would give answers such as, "My shift ends at 5:30 p.m., but I usually stay past 6 p.m."... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/21-22/2010 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. New Hampshire Tries Work Share Idea, 7/22 nhpr.org
    CONCORD, N.H. - ..SCHOR: A lot of benefits are paid on a per person basis. So what they like to do is hire fewer people and work them for longer hours. It’s part of why we have job scarcity in this country... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Mesilla employees return to 40-hour week, 7/22 Las Cruces Sun-News
    MESILLA, N.M. - ..For 1 1/2 years, town government has battled with shrinking gross receipts taxes, residual effects of a global economic recession, and the fallout it caused. Town employees have seen their work weeks slashed to 32 hours to save money paid for salaries and benefits... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Newark Mayor Cory Booker announces 4-day work week for non-uniformed city workers, 7/21 The Star-Ledger via NJ.com
    NEWARK, N.J. — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, facing a mounting budget deficit, announced a series of "savage" cuts today, including a four-day work week [4x8=32hrs] for 1,450 non-uniformed city workers, shuttering the city’s pools and even banning the purchase of toilet paper... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Eeyooo.]
  4. Worked up during work hours? 7/21 Economic Times of India via economictimes.indiatimes.com
    NEW DELHI, India - ..Not having time for friends, family and even for oneself can have serious consequences on the overall balance of life. Gone are the days of nine to five. Today you are called to work whenever there is a need to work... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/18-19-20/2010 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' -
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  1. Popularity of work-sharing plans saves many jobs, 7/19 HRmorning.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Even companies facing the toughest of times may be able to keep a large percentage of workers on their payroll – instead of laying off valued employees. That is, if your company’s able to take advantage of work-sharing programs 20 states now offer. Rather than starting temporary or permanent layoffs, many states now allow companies to reduce certain employees’ work hours. These people are then eligible to receive a portion of regular unemployment benefits to cover the lost work hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Worse than ever - The Path of Unemployment, by Dean Baker, 7/19 CounterPunch.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - .. The basic logic of work sharing is very simple. Under a standard system of unemployment insurance, workers are paid out benefits only if they are completely unemployed. In effect, the government is paying workers for being unemployed. Under work-sharing schemes, instead of just paying workers for being completely unemployed, the government pays workers for being partly unemployed... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Alliance launches job-training program, 7/18 Canton Repository via cantonrep.com
    ALLIANCE, Ohio - ..Each job must be at least 32 hours a week, and the hourly wage must be at least $10... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Parents cut working hours due to childcare costs, Children & Young People Now via cypnow.co.uk
    LONDON, England - Four out of 10 families are cutting their working hours due to the high cost of childcare, according to a survey... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Downturn leads to volunteer upturn, 7/20 IrishTimes.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland - Many people who have found themselves working shorter hours or with no jobs as a result of the recession are putting the extra time on their hands to good use – by volunteering... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Judging from their low wages, so are illegal entrants, and neither they nor the volunteers are helping cut the labor surplus and hike wages and spending. Volunteering sounds nice but any economy that relies for vital functions are charity is lethally flawed.]
  6. Domestic working hours explained, 7/20 NewEra.com.na
    WINDHOEK, Namibia – ..The sheet explains some of the key rules in the Labour Act of 2007 and the Social Security Act of 1994, which apply to all employees. Under the Act, a domestic worker should not work more than 45 hours per week. Any additional hours worked are considered overtime, while she/he must be paid 1.5 times basic hourly wage for overtime work. In addition, no one should be forced to work overtime, and overtime may not be more than 10 hours per week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [U.S. labor legislation has served as a model for lots of other countries, here for Namibia but with a 45-hour workweek; for example, five 9-hour days.]


     7/16-17/2010 fri-sat - triweekly updates (archives) - updating today from Café Corsé on 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 - 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. The Buzz Blog, by Mark Carlson, 7/17 HeraldNet.com (blog)
    An economist in Berkeley, Calif., argues that the US could create more jobs by shortening the workweek. Typical out-of-touch ivory tower thinking... - see whole article under today's date.
    [If he's refering to Gene Coyle, I don't think Gene is an "ivory tower" thinker associated with some university - Gene is an independent thinker (as few university economists are) - and I don't think the millions of Americans who created more jobs from 1840 to 1940 by shortening the workweek from 80 to 40 hours a week were "out-of-touch ivory tower thinkers" either. Neither were Lord Leverhulme of Lever Brothers ("The Six-Hour Day and Other Industrial Questions"), W.K. Kellogg of Kellogg's Cereals (30-hour workweek 1930-1986), Arthur Dahlberg (suggesting 20-hr wk in 1932), the Technocrats (16-hr workweek in 1932), Sen. Hugo Black (Black-Connery 30 Hour Bill), FDR (44,42,40-hour US workweeks 1938,39,40), the Lincoln Brothers (fluctuating workweeks to maintain jobs 1959-present), Nucor Steel (ditto 1980s-present), France (35-hrs, 1997-2001), South Korea (40-hrs from 44, 2004-2011)... I do think blogger Mark Carlson of the Herald staff is out-of-touch though - out of touch with his own American history and with much else that's going on in the world. Basically he's another cog in the machine who's OK with a pre-computer 40-hr workweek forever, no matter how much automation and robotization we implement, and how weak our markets for what they produce.]
  2. Europe vs. US: The Post-Recession Productivity Divide. 7/16 Wall Street Journal (blog) via blogs.wsj.com/economics
    ..Many European governments encouraged companies to keep workers by subsidizing wages and social costs, a program known as “Kurz-arbeit.” Kurzarbeit is very popular in Germany, where it is credited with keeping unemployment from rising to a significant degree even as the slump in global trade last year pummeled Germany’s export-reliant economy... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Hypermarket Urged To Operate Shorter Hours, 7/17 Bernama.com
    KOTA BAHARU, Malaysia -- Hypermarkets in the country should operate shorter hours to give a chance to small retailers to operate their businesses... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This is an argument we haven't heard before!]
  4. Will you vote for a five-day work week? 7/16 (7/17) Sify.com
    INDIA - ..Are you willing to work on weekends?"asks a tough looking interviewer on the "Hear what you want to hear" television advertisement of Tata Docomo... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/14-15/2010 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. Firms Get Aid for Avoiding Layoffs, 7/15 WSJ via online.wsj.com
    CLARENCE, N.Y. - ..New York was one of the early adopters of Shared Work, a program originally used in parts of Europe that has now caught on in about 20 states... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. ECB Urges Timely Unwinding Of Labor Market Support Measures, 7/15 Need to Know News via AutomatedTrader.net
    Many short-time working schemes, such as Germany's Kurzarbeit program and a similar program in Italy, helped to prevent "excessive" job shedding and maintain levels of human capital in the short run. But "as the recovery takes hold, and since economies need to restructure, necessary adjustments could be hampered if employment is frozen in certain sectors," the ECB warned... - see whole article under today's date.
    [On the contrary, short-time working schemes should be standardized and elaborated to achieve the real restructuring that's needed for sustainability. If they are dismantled, "levels of human capital" will just go back into surplus, wages will continue to deteriorate, and officially denied depression will deepen. What's needed is to achieve maximum consumption per capita via full employment, no matter how short a workweek that may require.]
  3. Bürkle finishes short-time work and grows by 30%, 7/14 evertiq.com
    KARLSRUHE, Germany - Already in June, the line manufacturer finished short-time work in all business units having lasted 13 months in total... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/11-12-13/2010 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' -
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  1. Iowa amends its UI law regarding voluntary leaving, shared work plans, 7/13 CCH via hr.cch.com
    ..Shared work plans. An employing unit will no longer be limited to approval of only one shared work plan during a 24-month period. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Auditors urge Camden to adopt longer workweek for firefighters, 7/12 Cherry Hill Courier Post,NJ via courierpostonline.com
    ..State law allows firefighters to work up to an average of 56 hours in a standard work week because the nature of the job entails significant downtime... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Oh THAT makes a lot of sense - lengthen the workweek because they so NOT-busy! Now we've heard everything (we wish)!]
  3. Long working hours fuel diabetes risk, 7/11 ABC Online via abc.net.au
    Diabetes Queensland says longer working hours are increasing people's risk of developing the chronic disease... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/09-10/2010 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. Berkeley activist [Eugene Coyle] has fix for job[seeker] glut: cut the work week, 7/09 San Francisco Chronicle (blog) via sfgate.com
    [Way ta go, Gene! (But incredible that the headline writer got things completely backward!)]
    BERKELEY, Calif. - .."At the end of the Great Depression, when the nation similarly faced a severe job issue, a new Wages and Hours law in 1940 cut the work week from six to five days, the now standard 40 hours. Hours have not been reduced in the 70 years since, despite the relentless gains in productivity."... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. In Part-Time Jobs, Women Out-Earn Men, 7/09 New York Times (blog) via economix.blogs.nytimes.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - When it comes to part-time work, the gender wage gap goes the other way: Women generally out-earn men... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/7-8/2010 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. Maine Voices: Maine needs to move forward with real budget solutions - Furlough days show the way: A voluntary shorter work week for state employees will save millions, 7/7 PressHerald.com
    AUGUSTA, Maine - ..The voluntary 32-hour workweek is a sustainable, forward-thinking solution... Converting 3000 state employees to 32 hours a week saves $29.9 million a year... Maine is currently proving 32-hour weeks are workable; what Maine is not doing is taking the idea to the next level... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And the next level is fluctuating adjustment of the workweek against underemployment coupled with automatic conversion of overtime into jobs (& training if needed); in a word, Timesizing.]
  2. Anecdotes from Germany regarding 'Kurzarbeit'..., 7/08 FavStocks.com (blog)
    ..I have a German friend visit whose family owns a small manufacturing company... A few years ago business was steady and they had about 12 employees... They are now down to about 3 people, the rest are on ‘Kurzarbeit’ (translated: ’short work’), which is essentially a way to keep people on payroll while slashing their hours and pay... - see whole article under today's date.
    [and having much of the "slashed" pay made up from the unemployment insurance fund which would otherwise be charged for another completely unemployed person. This is the same as American "worksharing" which is the transitional form of sustainable (and necessitated by automation and robotization) timesizing, which switches to some form of sustainable funding, such as a tax on chronic overtime with an exemption for reinvestment of overtime advantage (relative to hiring) in ... hiring! - and training wherever needed. No more downsizing our way to permanent high-tech hell with evermore worksaving technology converted from blessing to curse by cutting jobs and markets instead of just trimming our arbitrary-anyway workweek and cutting the most fundamental enemies of freedom, poorly paid overwork for fewer and fewer people in the midst of desperate underemployment for more and more others as layoffs leave survivors to do all the work - and get replaced by part-time 20-somethings at minimum wage when they burn out.]
  3. Economics focus: Hoard instinct - The nature of the recession, not government schemes, may explain why some countries lost so few jobs, 7/08 Economist.com
    ["The nature of the recession"?! Oh please. "The Economist" and many other envious, resentful and clueless English-language economists will say anything to keep from crediting worksharing and maintain the sophistry of their "lump of labor" sneer.]
    LONDON, England - Germany's GDP fell by 4% in the two years to the end of 2009, twice as much as in America. Yet its employment rose by 0.7% while America’s plunged by 5.5%. When German politicians contemplate why a gruelling recession produced almost no increase in unemployment, they usually have a one-word answer: Kurzarbeit. “It is only thanks to Kurzarbeit that more jobs were not lost,” Angela Merkel, the chancellor, told Germany’s parliament in November.... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Dear Abby: A healthy diet can combat weight gain from long work hours, 7/7 Greenville Daily Reflector
    GREENVILLE, N.C. - Q: I have started working a 12-hour shift and I have gained weight. Any advice? RL, Greenville
    A:Gina Firnhaber, a nurse and also a librarian at the Brody School of Medicine Laupus Library, and I recently studied the literature to see what lifestyle tips we could give to nurses and others working long shifts
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Judge Rules Against Injunction to Suspend Four-Day Work Week in Huntington - AFSCME Local 598 filed motion against City of Huntington, 7/7 WOWKtv.com
    HUNTINGTON, W.V. - ..Judge Jane Hustead ruled against a temporary injunction that the city, going to a four-day, 36-hour work week, is in violation of the unions collective bargaining agreement with the city. Huntington Mayor Kim Wolf said the city will continue with its original plan... - see whole article under today's date.


     7/04-05-06/2010 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. Bulgarian Municipality Might Impose 4-Day Workweek, 7/05 Novinite.com
    KARDZHALI, Bulgaria - The municipality of the Bulgarian city of Kardzhali is considering the introduction of a 4-day workweek, due to the expected cuts of the municipality budgets. “We might decide to learn from other municipalities in Bulgaria and implement a 4-day workweek,” the mayor of Kardzhali, Hasan Azis, announced Monday, referring to the municipality of the Bulgarian city of Haskovo, which is working four days a week starting July 1... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Macedonian Trade Unions want Shorter Work Week, 7/06 MINA (Macedonian International News Agency) via macedoniaonline.eu
    SKOPJE, Macedonia - ..The Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia (SSM) demands reduction of the working week from 40 to 32 or 36 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It's entirely possible that economies we've hardly ever heard of will implement more of the Timesizing Program than ours and lead the world into the next generation of economic design and sustainability.]
  3. Bees stick to working hours, 7/04 UniversityWorldNews.com
    NORTH OF ARCTIC CIRCLE, Finland - Bees are often admired by humans for what appears to be a strong work ethic - working throughout the day to gather pollen. But what happens when the insects have the "opportunity" [our quotes] to work around the clock? Will they do so? Researchers from Queen Mary University of London in the UK tested that scenario during the constant daylight of summer in the Arctic Circle... Contrary to [the researchers'?] expectations, the bees did not work round the clock. Both species worked a day shift and were at their busiest around midday. A few hours before midnight, they returned to their nests. "We found that bees do not naturally take advantage of this opportunity, suggesting that there is some benefit to an overnight break," explained Stelzer...
    - see whole article under today's date.
    [More research to support the obvious. Where did these English-language researchers (and the English-language world in general?) get the idea that "work ethic" implies 24/7 or workaholism?]


     7/02-03/2010 fri-sat on th-fr 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. QIK excerpt - Week in review: The highs and lows for the unemployed, by Suzanne Butler, 7/03 Examiner.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - .. · The average workweek decreased from 34.2 to 34.1 hours. A decreased workweek means that employers have no need to hire additional workers so new [40-hour/week] job openings are not as prevalent...
  2. Mortgage rates stand still after bad jobs report, by Holden Lewis, 7/03 (7/02) Bankrate.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - .. In my opinion, the more ominous news was about hourly earnings and the average workweek... The average workweek shrunk by six minutes, to 34 hours and 6 minutes. So the average worker earned about $3 per week less in June than in May. Don't think that's a big deal? For all employed people, it adds up to shrunken wages of $408 million per week, or $1.6 billion for the month. And that's for people who kept their jobs in June. It doesn't count those 125,000 vanished jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Of course, if we cut through the fog and dropped the arbitrary 40-hour "full time" workweek to this 30.1-hr/wk level, and then adjusted it further downward, say 6 minutes a month, until we had recreated all those 125,000 no-longer-40-hour jobs, and then adjusted it further down as far as it took to get full employment, employers competing against one another for good help in a perceived labor shortage would restore wages and undo the recent redistribution of the money supply to upper income brackets who spend smaller and smaller proportions of it the richer they are. Such a simple market-oriented way to restore economic dynamism without deeper government debt or more artificial makework but the U.S. won't be the first economy in the world to implement it and instead, "the first shall be last."]
  3. City headed for 4-day work week amid budget woe, 7/02 NogalesInternational.com
    NOGALES, Ariz. - The City of Nogales is preparing to move employees to a four-day, 37.5-hour work week starting Oct. 4 in an effort to confront a widening budget gap... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Can I run my business with a 4-day work week? 7/03 International Business Times via ibtimes.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..As a future employer (I hope!), I have an idea that I've been kicking around in my mind for awhile. I feel that a five-day work week is stifling and that people in general would be happier with a four-day work week at approximately 32 hours a week...
    - see whole article under today's date.



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