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10/31+ November, 2010

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     s-m-t, NOV.28-29-30, on s-s-m's news ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cafeteria of l'Université du QUÉBEC en Outaouais, pavillon Brault -

    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. Mayor: Too Early, Too Many Variables for 4-Day Huntington Work Week Evaluation, 11/29 HNN via Huntingtonnews.net
    HUNTINGTON, W.V. -..“We are in the process of analyzing the results of the reduced work week and its effectiveness,” Wolfe said. “When the decision was made , I was faced with a number of options: across-the –board reductions, layoffs, rolling furloughs and/or the reduction of hours.”... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Budget cuts plow-over Frosty, unmask Santa, destroy holiday cheer - As revenues continue decline, city cuts services as last resort, 11/30 CharlestonCityPaper.com
    CHARLESTON, S.C. - ..City parks will cut hours during non-peak seasons and slow spells. For example, park officials will leave the tennis courts open, but close the tennis center building on Sundays... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Medical school retreat cost $15K - No public money spent at Cape golf club event, 11/28 Worcester Telegram via telegram.com
    WORCESTER, Mass. - ..Critics characterize the nearly $15,000 retreat as needlessly expensive and in poor taste amid dismal economic times and coming less that two weeks after the medical school's cash-strapped clinical partner, the UMass Memorial Health Care hospital system, announced plans to lay off 130 to 140 workers, slash about 120 unfilled jobs and cut hours for the equivalent of about 100 full-time workers... - see whole article under today's date.


     fri-sat, NOV.26-27, on thu-fri's news ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating tonite 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' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. The monkey tax, 11/26 Chicago Tribune via articles.chicagotribune.com
    BROOKFIELD, Illin. -..The village has cut staff, frozen salaries, required furlough days for employees, cut hours at Village Hall and canceled spring cleanup week...- see whole article under today's date.
  2. Italian carrier Alitalia to cut up to 800 jobs: report, 11/27 AFP via google.com/hostednews/afp
    ROME, Italy - ..The report said unions had also been asked in informal talks to consider short-time work for ground staff in Rome to avoid another 200 job losses... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Japanese men working shorter hours: survey, 11/27 AFP via google.com/hostednews/afp
    TOKYO, Japan — "Workaholic" may no longer be the most appropriate label for Japanese businessmen. A survey has shown that Japanese men spend less time at work amid an economic slowdown... They now work eight hours and 39 minutes a day on average, around one hour less than they did in 2000, Jiji Press said, reporting the results of a survey covering 400 male corporate employees in their 20s to 50s... - see whole article under today's date.


     wed-thu, NOV.24-25 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from that cluttered kitchen north of Cambridge, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Employment in Europe 2010: Frequently asked questions, 11/25 IEWY via iewy.com
    ..To what extent did short time working arrangements contribute to the stabilisation of employment during the crisis? It is estimated that on average the fall in employment growth over the 2008-2009 recession has been counterbalanced by 0.7 percentage points (on an annual basis) in the Member States that have implemented short-time working arrangements (STWA)... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Sounds strangely low to us, but this is a strangely worksharing-hostile article. Most English-language economists are green with envy and terrified for their jobs because they are sooo indicted, embarrassed and caught with their pants down by the success of worksharing aka short-time working. They will recommend ANYTHING but worktime manipulation. "Kick the workforce all around the block but DON'T TOUCH THE 70-YEAR FROZEN WORKWEEK." The rest of our articles today must come from a different planet -]
  2. How Germany got it right on the economy, 11/24 WashingtonPost.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ..Germany's economy is the strongest in the world... When the downturn hit Germany in late 2008, manufacturing firms' business declined the most, but subsidies from a government program called kurz-arbeit allowed firms to keep their workers part time rather than lay them off... They know how to goose an economy, those Germans. Ours, by contrast, seems more and more a turkey. - see whole article under today's date.
    [And so seem the coldwater-throwing spoilsports who wrote the previous article!]
  3. Germany makes short work of the downturn with Kurzarbeit scheme, 11/24 Scotsman.com
    EDINBURGH, Scotland - ..Many firms, from Hawe to Siemens, credit the "Kurz-arbeit", or short work, programme with having helped them ride out the crisis before phasing it out this summer. It was used by Daimler, BMW and many others... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Use of short-time working schemes trebles in Europe, 11/24 Recruiter.co.uk
    LONDON, England - The number of European workers on short-time working schemes trebled between 2008 and 2009 to almost 2m, according to a report from the 2010 Annual Report of the he European Restructuring Monitor... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. JCB job losses slashed wage bill by £91 million, 11/24 Stoke & Staffordshire via thisisstaffordshire.co.uk
    STOKE-ON-TRENT, Staffs., England - ..The wage bill was also affected by short-time working, which saw JCB staff take a cut in hours from 39 a week to 34 between November 2008 and April 2009... - see whole article under today's date.


     sun-mon-tue, NOV.21-22-23 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from that cluttered kitchen north of Cambridge, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Swiss in November poll say yes to 6 weeks vacation, 11/22 GenevaLunch.com
    BERN, Switzerland - Swiss voters overwhelmingly favour six weeks of vacation, the results of a poll carried out for Travail.Suisse in November show: 61 percent are in favour of the group’s initiative to add two weeks of annual vacation.... The federal government said in June that it is opposed to the text, arguing that there are alternatives, such as shorter hours and high wages, [for] reducing stress at work and improving the health of workers, one of Travail.Suisse’s rationales for the change... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. After the budget ...the big questions, 11/21 HeraldScotland.com
    EDINBURGH, Scotland -..Swinney insists compulsory redundancies can be avoided, but only “on condition that we reach agreements on flexible working practices which reduce costs”. In other words, more part-time working, shorter hours and job shares, on top of natural wastage... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Greens in Stoush with Labor over Working Hours, 11/23 Australia.TO
    CANBERRA, Australia - “Just weeks after he was appointed Greens Industrial Relations spokesman, Adam Bandt has upset his political comrades in the Labor Party in a stoush over the Green’s plan to reduce working hours to 35 hours a week,” Senator Abetz said today... - see whole article under today's date.


     fri-sat, NOV.19-20 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from that cluttered kitchen north of Cambridge, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Former Hilton to lay off, cut hours of workers, 11/20 Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    PITTSBURG, Pa. - The Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (the former Hilton) is laying off some employees, drastically cutting the hours of others, and shutting down its bars and restaurants on some days as the bankrupt hotel struggles to make ends meet... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Slovenia's recovery has mainly been driven by rising exports so far - OECD, 11/19 Balkans.com Business News
    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - The unemployment rate has yet to stabilise as government short-time work measures are being phased out and activity remains subdued... - see whole article under today's date.


     wed-thu, NOV.17-18 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from that cluttered kitchen north of Cambridge, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Furlough days taking their toll, 11/17 WPSD Local 6 via wpsdlocal6.com
    PADUCAH, Ky. -..With a disabled husband, rising insurance costs and six furlough days mandated by the state, she has been forced to take a second job.\. "I'm up to 35 hours a week now," she said. That is not even counting the time the IT teacher puts in at the Paducah Area Tech Center... But even at a whopping 75 hours...Gruber never complains... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Here's an example of the lethal marriage of spot hourscuts (that do nothing to reduce labor surplus and maintain pay) and job desperation (resulting in worse labor surplus and lower pay).]
  2. 'How could it get that bad?' - Readers respond to cuts at Community Center, 11/18 PrideSource.com
    FERNDALE, Mich. - Announcements of cut hours and services at Affirmations have sent shock waves through the community, leaving many to wonder what has been happening at the Center... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. [Leader of worksharing support in Senate reinstalled -]
    BONUS clip - Democrats who lost seats..., 11/17 WSJ, A1 pointer to A6.
    [Harry] Reid was reinstalled as Senate majority leader...


     sun-mon-tue, nov.14-15-16 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from that cluttered kitchen north of Cambridge, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Work-life balance: It's tough to achieve, 11/14 (11/15) Port Macquarie News via portnews.com.au
    CANBERRA, Australia -..It also is recommended the government take policy action, for example, the introduction of caps on working hours... The survey for Go Home On Time Day found half of all survey respondents wanted to work fewer hours than they had worked in the previous week... Go Home On Time Day on November 24 is the brainchild of The Australia Institute to raise awareness of the extent of overwork in Australia and the workplace, and the health and social consequences overwork has... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Income Protection Insurance Ensures Regular Income in Adverse Conditions, 11/16 Prfire.co.uk (press release)
    LONDON, U.K. - ..The policy also protects you from loss of income due to the conditions such as redundancy, pay reductions, or shorter working hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Northern NY State libraries struggle to survive funding cuts, 11/16 WatertownDailyTimes.com
    WATERTOWN, N.Y. - SITUATION DIRE: Some cut back on purchases of new materials; others plan to reduce hours... And at least one library is so deep in the red that it has $1000 in its checking account, and is surviving on a month-to-month basis... - see whole article under today's date.


     fri-sat, nov.12-13 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from that cluttered kitchen north of Cambridge, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Endicott Interconnect Confirms Layoffs, 11/12 WBNG-TV BinghamtonNY via wbng.com
    ENDICOTT, N.Y. - ..Workers that remain will be entered into the New York State Shared Work program. That's a program through the Department of Labor. It picks up part of the payroll costs, so workers stay on the payroll instead of drawing full unemployment... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. More layoffs for Endicott Interconnect, 11/13 Press & Sun-Bulletin via pressconnects.com
    ENDICOTT, N.Y. - ..The company said many of its remaining hourly workers -- likely half -- can expect to participate in the state's Shared Work program starting later this month and lasting until probably sometime in January. The program allows businesses to reduce the workweeks of participating employees due to lack of work, while giving employees partial unemployment insurance benefits to supplement their lost wages. The state has touted the program as a layoff alternative for employers... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Philip Dray's book on labor union history, reviewed Michael Kazin, 11/12 WashingtonPost.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Workers made few gains unless they organized and fought for them: shorter hours, safety regulations, seniority, paid vacations, middle-class wages and Labor Day itself (the first American holiday created by a social movement)..\.. But at an anarchist rally in Haymarket Square called to protest the police murder of four strikers, someone threw a bomb that killed seven policemen, and the resulting backlash set the cause of shorter hours back for decades... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Doesn't compare with World War II which eclipsed the 1938-1940 workweek reduction and set the cause of shorter hours back for a lifetime (70 years) and counting...]
  4. This year's longest workweek coming to end in Russia, 11/12 ITAR-TASS.com
    MOSCOW, Russia – This year’s longest workweek [6 days 11/08-13?] is coming to an end in Russia. It was a day longer than usual, as the Russians enjoyed a long weekend from November 4 through to November 7 owing to a major national holiday [and had to make up for Fri, Nov.5 by working Sat, Nov.13?]... The Russian watchdog agency in the field of labor relations and employment, Rostrud, says this country has a roughly the same number of holidays falling on weekdays as the member-states of the European Union. On the average, the Russians spend twelve weekdays off work every year. Russia has more non-working days than the U.S. but fewer then Japan... - see whole article under today's date.


     wed-thu, 11/10-11 ::: 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' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. The New Wirtschaftswunder - Rather than criticizing Germany's economic revival, Europe ought to copy some of the reforms that made it possible, 11/11 Wall Street Journal via wsj.com
    BERLIN, Germany - It is the comeback of the year. After being brutally hit by the global financial crisis, the German economy is set to grow by at least 3.5% this year... But particularly on the labor market, the country's comeback looks more like a renaissance rather than the usual cyclical pattern. Last month, the number of unemployed fell below three million, the lowest level since 1992. Employment will soon exceed 41 million—a new record high. This is a breathtaking transformation. Not even six years ago, the number of jobless stood at more than five million. At that time, Germany was called, with good reason, the "sick man of Europe.".. The swift implementation of subsidized short-time work avoided massive layoffs. This scheme allowed employers to cut working time while workers received up to 67% of their lost salaries from the state. With the devastating effects of the global recession setting in two years ago, labor unions and employers quickly agreed on cutting working hours even without government compensation... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Greens push for less work, more play, 11/10 HeraldSun.com.au
    CANBERRA, Australia - The Greens have flagged laws to cut working hours amid new research suggesting only one in five Australians is happy with the amount of time they spend at work. Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt, an industrial lawyer, said the party would look at a number of options, including shortening the standard working week and a cap on maximum working hours... The ability to trade off productivity rises for leisure time would also be examined, he said. The standard working week in Australia is 38 hours... Mr Bandt said cutting working hours would create jobs and improve people's work-life balance... - see whole article under today's date.


     sun-mon-tue, 11/07-08-09  ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cluttered kitchen in Somerville, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Short-time working prevalent across Member States, 11/07 eiroline: european industrial relations observatory on-line via eurofound.europa.eu/eiro
    BRUSSELS, E.U. - In June 2010, the European Commission issued a report in the form of an occasional paper on short-time working arrangements as a response to cyclical fluctuations, focusing on developments during the recent economic crisis.... It finds \that there was\ high use of short-time working schemes, ...that publicly sponsored short-time working schemes have been ‘intensively used’ during the recent crisis, ‘to prevent otherwise profitable enterprises from going bankrupt, and to avoid unnecessary labour shedding’. However, the report also states that the extended use of short-time work can support declining sectors, thus delaying their restructuring [or keeping them alive for new uses to appear]. Short-time working schemes should therefore be ‘associated with an efficient unemployment benefits system that promotes labour reallocation’... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And the Timesizing Program's Phase 2 and Phase 3 do just that by using the market-demanded incidence of overtime and overwork throughout an economy to target, fund and pace the breakup of skill bottlenecks and the transference of skills and human capital to hot new areas.]
  2. Women in IT sector suffer from mental tension: Study, 11/07 Indian Express
    BOMBAY, India -..Covering 150 women in the IT sector and 50 others in allied areas, the study found that long working hours at the desk and job related pressure creates a lot of physical discomfort and mental tension,,, An important factor which came to light was that a majority in the profession would to shift to other jobs if they got an option because of long working hours and low pay... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Jobless may have to work for benefits, 11/08 Discountvouchers.co.uk
    LONDON, England - ..The work would likely be manual labour, and the jobs would take about 30 hours per week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So people on welfare have more fundamental freedom, Free Time, than ordinary workers? Or they just can't find 40 hours of work for them to do?]
  4. Full-time workers want to scale back hours, 11/09 (11/10 dateline issue) Ninemsn.com
    CANBERRA, Australia - ..Institute director Richard Denniss says working weeks should be reduced to 35 hours a week. "Governments should follow the European lead and introduce caps." - see whole article under today's date.
  5. New Video Reveals Startling Statistics about the Work Week, 11/09 BusinessWire.com (press release)
    LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Today, Kronos ® Incorporated released a new video which highlights how the work week has evolved through labor regulations, technological innovations, and shifting workplace norms... * 40% percent of workers say they bring work home to complete at night or work overtime, at least once a week... * When it comes to vacation time, the number of vacation days given to workers varies across the globe – and a whopping 26% of Americans state that they never take vacations... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So worktime per person for those who still have "full-time" jobs is increasing - because as a surplus commodity they're powerless to stop it, while worktime per person overall is decreasing, because more and more people are getting cut to low-paid part-time - ]
  6. PBS stations serving West-Central Illinois cut hours to curtail costs, 11/09 Quincy Herald Whig via whig.com
    QUINCY, Illin. - ..The reduction in broadcast hours, one of many cost-cutting measures being undertaken by Network Knowledge, will save about $10,000 annually by consuming less power at three transmitter sites and relay towers, as well as a small reduction of staff hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [- therefore, more part-time, or unemployment-welfare- disability- homelessness- prison- suicide...]
  7. BONUS clip #1 - Putting in the time, 11/08 Toronto Globe, A1 pointer to B7.
    Men work longer weeks than women (48.2 hours vs. 44.5). About 10% of overtime is carried out before 8 a.m., compared with about 5% after 6 p.m. People who supervise employees have longer work hours than those who do not.
  8. BONUS clip #2 - Germany criticizes Fed move - Finance minister [Wolfgang Schaeuble] says policy 'doesn't add up,' sees U.S. model in 'deep crisis', 11/08 WSJ, A17.
    [And he is presumably saying this on the basis of the German economic miracle, surfing a heavier hit from the recession thanks largely to Kurz-arbeit, a widely used government worksharing program to save jobs and foundational consumer markets.]
    German officials [are] concerned that Washington could be pushing the global economy into a downward spiral...
    , 11/08 WSJ, A1 pointer to A17.
    [American business schools and CEOs have been doing that for 40 years with downsizing (clobbers the consumer base via the employment basement), and now they want Washington to do it by upsizing financial markets at the expense of non-wealthy taxpayers, now that the wealthy have pay a fraction of the graduated income tax and estate tax that they paid during the prosperous years of World War II and its aftermath (clobbers the consumer base via higher tax burdens on the non-wealthy, via sales taxes and government fees). Note that Japan is also getting into the act -]
    Japan's leader bemoans impact of U.S. economic policy, 11/08 WSJ, A18.
    [- but Japan has far less worksharing than Germany as a standpoint from which to criticize. That's why Germany is actually "criticizing" while Japan is only "bemoaning."]
  9. BONUS clip #3 - The miracle [of South Korea] is over - Now what?, 11/08 WSJ, R1.
    [Now that they're about to finish cutting the workweek from 44 hours to 40, and gotten considerable labor-surplus-to-consumer-markets conversion from that to anchor the "miracle," now it's time to cut the workweek further until the desired anchoring levels of consumer spending and domestic consumption per capita are achieved.]


     fri-sat, 11/05-06  ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cluttered kitchen in Somerville, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Job-Creation Idea No. 14: A Tax Cut Even Democrats Love - What's Your Reaction? 11/05 HuffingtonPost.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..As Dean Baker, the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, pointed out after Obama made his proposal public, encouraging employers to add more hours "would give companies an incentive to hire fewer workers" -- not more. Baker is a champion of work-sharing ("America Needs Jobs" idea no. 6), which is essentially the exact opposite idea. To promote work-sharing, the government would create financial incentives for employers to reduce individual employees' hours when business is bad, rather than lay people off... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Court Clarifies Overtime Damages For Misclassified Employees, 11/06  4Hoteliers.com
    CHICAGO, Illin. -..Second, a court must decide how this hourly rate will be used in computing back-pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek: is the employee due 1.5 times this rate for those overtime hours, or is the correct approach to multiply those hours times one-half of the regular rate?.. - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Manual labour plan for 'work-shy', 11/06 The Press Association via google.com/hostednews/ukpress
    LONDON, U.K. - ..Long-term dole claimants who are thought to need "experience of the habits and routines of working life" could be put on four-week mandatory placements of 30 hours a week doing jobs such as clearing litter and gardening... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS clip - Riva cuts production at German rebar plant, 11/06 Steel Business Briefing (subscription) via yle.fi/uutiset
    Riva Brandenburg, one of two mills of Italy's Riva group in Germany that make mainly rebar, has introduced short time working this week...


     wed-thu. 11/03-04  ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cluttered kitchen in Somerville, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. City of Covington tries out 35-hour work week to boost morale, 11/03 NOLA.com
    COVINGTON, Louisiana - ..The city of Covington is experimenting with a 35-hour work week, paying employees the same amount for five hours less work... 'This is essentially giving them a raise without spending any additional money"... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Covington mayor cancels controversial 35-hour work week for city employees, 11/04 NOLA.com
    COVINGTON, Louisiana - ..For the one week it was in effect, administrative, public works and recreation employees earned the same amount of pay for working a 35-hour work week that they had received working a 40-hour week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. It's time to work less for less pay, 11/03 WorcesterNews.co.uk
    WORCESTER, England - ..From January, new employees at Worcestershire County Council will be contracted to work 35 hours a week as opposed to 37, while two new lower pay scales are going to be introduced. Existing staff members are also being asked whether they would like to reduce their weekly working hours... - see whole article under today's date.


     sun-mon-tue, 10/31-11/01-02  ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cluttered kitchen in Somerville, Mass. -

    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. More proactive strategies are needed to help job seekers, 10/31 IrishTimes.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland - ..Whereas massive labour shedding led to large increases of unemployment in some countries (eg Ireland, Spain, the US), an unusually high share of the decline in total hours worked has happened through reductions in working time in many countries (eg Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, Belgium)... During the recession, important initiatives were taken in most OECD economies to sustain labour demand, especially by encouraging cuts in hours worked for all or most employees in firms, as an alternative to firing many workers. OECD evidence suggests that public short-time work schemes played an important role in preserving permanent jobs during the crisis... One lesson from the recession – which could apply to Ireland – is that a strong case can be made for having in place a small, well-run, short-time work scheme even in good times, which can be scaled up rapidly in bad times... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Thus evolution proceeds, tiny increment by tiny increment, each with a tiny advantage...]
  2. Tycoons want Russians to work 60 hours a week, 11/01 RT- Prime Time Russia via rt.com/prime-time
    MOSCOW, Russia - The working week of Russia’s employees might be extended by 20 hours as the country’s top industry leaders have set their minds on improving labor efficiency. The package of such “efficient” proposals was drawn up by the Industrialists and Entrepreneurs’ Union headed by one of Russia’s richest men, Mikhail Prokhorov... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Covington going to 35-hour work week? 10/31 Slidell Sentry News via slidellsentry.com
    - see whole article under today's date.
    COVINGTON, St.Tammany Parish, La. - Effective Thursday, employees of the city of Covington were given an extra hour off per day by the administration without consulting the City Council. Covington Mayor Candace Watkins said the decision was made by the administration to reduce the work week to 35 hours for all employees as a way to give them a benefit this year since they can’t get a raise... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. 'Downsized' Family Forced to Give Up Cable, 11/02 The Stir blog via TheStir.CafeMom.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..The housing market is down and unemployment is up. Those that do have jobs are dealing with cut hours or not receiving raises to keep up with the cost of inflation. Employers aren't hiring anyone in this climate of economic uncertainty... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Managing debt on an unsteady income, 11/01 Bankrate.com
    NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. - With the upcoming slow season looming, I will be dealing with cut hours and such an unpredictable schedule a second job doesn't seem possible (so far)... - see whole article under today's date.



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