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May, 2012

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    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Manager's procedures for shared work plan, EndicottInterconnect.com
    [Here's some Q&A from a company that's making use of the New York State worksharing program to preserve their skill set -]
    ENDICOTT, N.Y., USA - ...1Q. What is the Shared Work Program (SWP) and when does it begin?
    1A. The program is offered through the NYS Department of Labor to assist companies facing a temporary decline in business. The Shared Work Program will begin the week of May 21, 2012
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Komax Solar and Komax Medtech respond to difficult market environment, Reuters.com
    LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland - ...Komax Solar will be continuing the cost-cutting measures that have already been initiated, while Komax Medtech will be introducing short-time working at its La Chaux-de-Fonds site in June...- see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. New legislation creates 'SharedWork Ohio' program, DailyAdvocate.com
    COLUMBUS, Oh., USA - ...Through United States House Bill 3630, as negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama, the federal government will provide funds for the administration, cost and promotion of SharedWork Ohio... In 2009, shared work programs were credited with saving thousands of jobs across the United States, including 11,000 in New York and 24,193 in Missouri. Texas also credited shared work for saving 24,665 jobs in 2010... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Author Jeff Rubin predicts de-growth expansion, The Georgia Straight via Straight.com
    VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada - ...Rubin suggested Germany’s [work]-sharing program Kurzarbeit could be emulated here. “The greatest challenge of slower economic growth is job creation,” Rubin said. “How is the economy going to be able to create as many jobs in a slower-growth gear? The answer is, it’s not going to. But maybe a way of dealing with this is, instead of one person being laid off, four people take a 25% cut in their time.” - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS excerpt - Short-Time Working Arrangements in France During the Crisis: An Empirical Analysis of Firms and Employees, by Oana Calavrezo & François Lodin, (6/01 early pickup) Social Science Research Network via papers.ssrn.com
    PARIS, France - Abstract: Many countries used short-time working arrangements (STWAs) as a response to the Great Recession of 2008-2009. STWAs are designed to protect jobs during short-term downturns by adjusting the work durations of employees. We study STWAs in France between 2007 and 2010. The objective of this paper is to describe the main characteristics of firms and employees operating under STWAs by using firm-level STW data sets and the French Labor Force Survey.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. French unions warn of mass job cuts in reform talks, Reuters via ChicagoTribune.com
    PARIS, France - French unions pressed President Francois Hollande to prove his job-saving mettle on Tuesday by handing his Socialist cabinet a list of looming company shutdowns that are threatening tens of thousands of jobs at the start of labor talks... - see whole article under today's date.
    [All Hollande has to do is let the market control the workweek (on the basis of a yearly, quarterly or monthly readjustment) via the unemployment rate = as long as unemployment is too high or rising, the workweek is too long for current levels of technology even if it's down to 35 hours a week in France - plus he has to upgrade France's conversion of chronic overtime into training&jobs. And here's another big market for Timesizing, starting at a much more primitive level -]
  2. Half of men in Estonia work overtime, Baltic Business News
    TALLINN, Estonia - ...49% of male and 37% of female employees worked overtime... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Can you imagine? And their unemployment rate in 1Q12 was 11.5% according to tradingeconomics.com/estonia/unemployment-rate. We always thought little countries like that, with their own unique language, had some special fellow feeling and solidarity, not to mention common sense, and here they can't even share their limited market-demanded employment?! Well, we'll have to see if they have an embassy in Ottawa - the lazy Latvian ambassador passed us off to some labor secretary who was never available, despite presiding over the highest unemployment rate in Europe (14.3% in 4Q11).]
  3. We Work Too Hard, HuffingtonPost.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...Work sharing is more palatable to many in the business world than explicitly reining in GDP. In this economy especially, it makes sense to offer incentives for companies to institute work sharing in lieu of firing workers. This is just what Obama did in February, signing the Middle Class Relief and Job Creation Act, which will let Washington pay unemployment insurance benefits for workers in work sharing programs who would have otherwise been laid off... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Midday break from June 15, KhaleejTimes.com
    [Abu Dhabi is one place that could easily be enjoying more of the most fundamental human freedom, financially secure free time, with its eyes blindfolded and its hands tied behind its back - but isn't. But at least it's maintaining some worktime-per-person consciousness, so there's hope -]
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - ...The rule bans companies from making the labourers work under the sun and in open areas from 12.30pm to 3pm until September 15. A decree to this end was issued by Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour, fixing the working hours during the summer season for the eighth year consecutively. The midday break rule, which was effective for two months in the earlier years, had been extended to three months in the last two years... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Hey, that's a substantial reduction in worktime per person after all.]
  5. BONUS excerpt - Tim Cook Defends Apple's Supply Chain Labor Practices In China, by Ron LeFebvre, CultOfMac.com
    BEIJING, China - Tim Cook took a moment at the D10 conference today to defend Apple’s reliance on supply chains and its willingness to micromanage them when they fall short of expectations. Cook said that no one else is measuring working hours in China, nor reporting on it. “We took a position to say we want to bring this down,” he said. “We’re measuring working hours for 700,000 people.” According to Cook, Apple went through a large effort to bring the overtime down, but also pointed out that many workers there “want to work a whole lot because they want to move and work for a year or two and bring back as much money as they can to their village.”...
    [So Tim, how come you aren't micromanaging them into converting chronic overtime (OT) into JOBS and creating more convertible OT&JOBS so there's a wage-boosting "shortage" of labor so that these 700,000 people can afford to buy their own, and YOUR, products?!? Get Cook-in', Tim!]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Program a win-win for Vancouver WA manufacturer - Cadet retains valued workers while cutting costs in tough economy, 5/28 Columbian.com
    [See video about *Cadet's successful shared work program mislabeled "Portland's."]
    VANCOUVER, Wash., USA - ...When the economy crashed, Cadet Manufacturing, which makes fan, baseboard and other heaters, turned to a state government program to cut costs and save jobs... Since then, the company has had no layoffs..\.. Thanks to the program, businesses save money and are able to keep valuable employees. Those workers, in turn, keep their jobs and benefits while receiving more income than if they were fully laid off. "It works equally well for the business and for the worker," said Bill Tarrow [of] the state Employment Security Department. Statewide, the program saved at least 26,000 jobs in 2011... Currently, 2,100 Washington companies and 23,000 employees are participating in the program. Before the economic crash, rarely more than 500 companies were involved in the program at any given time... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Work sharing beats layoffs, 5/28 The Charleston Gazette via wvgazette.com
    CHARLESTON, W.V., USA - ...Work sharing provisions of the law could help to lower unemployment rates and the costs of unemployment insurance... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Greece – for an anti-austerity government of the left, SocialistResistance.org
    [Socialists are still putting timesizing way at the bottom of their priorities -]
    LONDON, England - ...Other measures are also important, such as opening the books to public scrutiny of private companies, the nationalisation under workers control of firms creating redundancies, factory occupations and the building of local support committees, which are already emerging, sharing of the work equally between all those who want to work – work sharing with no loss of pay... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS excerpt - Was Short-Time Work a Miracle Cure During the Great Recession? The Case of Germany and Italy, Social Science Research Network [Korea Univ. et al.] via 5/28 papers.ssrn.com
    [OK, now, here's a real unbiassed "scientific" paper - sets up its straw man right in the title! Let's see the abstract -]
    SEOUL, S.Korea - Abstract: This paper considers the use of short-time work (STW) schemes as a device to mitigate the negative effects of the current global recession on employment levels. STW schemes have been regarded as a popular and successful counter-cyclical policy to maintain workers in employment. However, by comparing and contrasting the experience of Germany and Italy, we argue that the effectiveness of STW schemes should only be evaluated in relation to (i) the institutional set-up within which they operate, and (ii) the whole set of labour market policies adopted by each country.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Ohio House GOP: Column from Representative Mike Duffey: Ohio Needs a Shared Work Program, OhioHouseGOP.blogspot.com
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA - If you could give employers the option to prevent layoffs without increasing their costs, is that the kind of legislation you’d expect to earn bipartisan support? The answer, of course, is yes... On March 14th, I introduced House Bill 484, aka “SharedWork Ohio”, with a total of 19 co-sponsors ranging from staunch conservatives to progressive liberals – members that advocate for businesses and those that advocate for labor unions. SharedWork Ohio creates what is known as a “shared work” or “short-time compensation” program. The idea is simple: rather than face traditional layoffs, employees share the work that’s available, while collecting partial unemployment. It’s basically a cost-neutral swap for employers... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Let's focus on making U.S. Postal Service competitive, Smith urges, KearneyHub.com
    KEARNEY, Neb., USA — Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb..., who stopped Friday in Kearney, Gothenburg and North Platte on his way home to Gering, said the recent decision to cut hours at thousands of rural post offices was a better solution than closing them... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Study shows Indonesia facing job creation challenge, TheJakartaPost.com
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — ...However, it's still hard for the government to provide its population with decent jobs — employment with proper working hours, fair income and social protection of workers and their family members... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It is NOT a government responsibility to provide its population with jobs - THAT is a private-sector responsibility. The government's responsibility is ONLY to adjust the definition of "proper working hours" to a level that enables private-sector employers, on an equal footing, to provide full employment for maximum domestic consumer spending and maximum marketable domestic productivity for maximum sustainable domestic investment, given the nation's level of technological productivity as manifested by its comprehensive unemployment rate (counting ALL dependents on the taxpayer) - however short a "full time" workweek it may require. And to enforce smooth and automatic overtime and overwork conversion into training and hiring throughout the grassroots and up and down the corporate hierarchies.]
  4. Working Hours Around The World: OECD Study Shows Shorter Hours In Canada, U.S., Huffington Post Canada via huffingtonpost.ca
    TORONTO, Ont., Canada - ...Canada has seen its average working hours shrink slowly but steadily for the past decade, according to data from the OECD, with the average number of hours falling from 1,775 in 2000 to 1,702 in 2010. The US saw a similar decline, from 1,836 hours to 1,778... It likely reflects the fact that a greater part of the workforce is now part-time... Jon Messenger, a senior researcher at the International Labour Organization, told the BBC..."Generally speaking, long working hours are associated with lower productivity per hour..." - see whole article under today's date.
    [- that is, can't find "full time" jobs in the age of robotics at the 40-hour-or-more level frozen since the ice age.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Ohio House Passes Legislation Creating the SharedWork Ohio Program, OhioHouseGOP.blogspot.com
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA - Today [5/24], the Ohio House of Representatives passed House Bill 484, legislation that creates the “SharedWork Ohio” Program... This legislation, sponsored by State Representative Mike Duffey (R-Worthington), creates a program in which an employer who participates in the SharedWork Ohio program reduces the number of hours worked by employees in lieu of layoffs... House Bill 484 passed with a vote of 81-15 and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Today's stories show worksharing is an emergency nonpartisan priority: we either restrategize from downsizing our workforce and markets into downsizing workweeks or...no economy.]
  2. Research Roundup: How States are Spending Foreclosure Settlement Money, How States are Spending Foreclosure Settlement Money, How States Can Save with Work-Sharing, and much more, Progressive States Network (blog) via progressivestates.org
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...The Center for Economic and Policy Research released this issue brief showing how states could save up to $1.7 billion per year by taking full advantage of work sharing provisions signed into law by President Obama as part of The Middle Class Relief and Job Creation Act in February 2012... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Most "let's list priorities" progressives have not yet prioritized their list, let alone realized that worksharing is not just another item but the ink and paper of the list itself. No other progress can be locked in while the playing field of the job market is almost vertically sloped in favor of employers, and by extension, the playing field of the economy is almost vertically sloped in favor of the top 1% of the top 1%. Worksharing creates the wage-raising labor "shortage" (actually balance) without which capitalism turns into a tiny but massive black hole of sluggish hyperconcentrated money.]
  3. BONUS excerpt - Ontario's factory rout claims new victim, Toronto Globe via TheGlobeAndMail.com
    ST. THOMAS, Province of Ontario, Canada - ...Bearing maker Timken Co. is closing a plant that had been operating...since 1946 and employed 400 people at its peak in the 1970s, before the recession and cuts in production led to a factory running at just 20% of capacity.... Kathy Cornish, president of local 4906 of the United Steelworkers, which represents the workers...noted that employees have been on a work-sharing program since January...
    [Sometimes worksharing at the individual-company level can't save the company, but at least it can postpone the inevitable, keep the local economy going for awhile and give employees more time to alternative-job hunt.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Senate passes Michigan 'shared-work' bill, DetroitNews.com
    LANSING, Mich., USA — Workers who have had wages and hours reduced will be able to continue working while receiving unemployment benefits under a bill passed unanimously in the [state] Senate on Wednesday. Democrats and Republicans supported a GOP-introduced bill to create a "shared-work" program for workers whose employment has been scaled down to help businesses avoid layoffs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Now we watch for passage in the House, the governor's signature and the date of enactment.]
  2. Ohio’s SharedWork plan hits partisan snags, Watchdog.org
    COLUMBUS, Oh., USA — ...The bill would create a new program allowing employers to reduce work hours of their employees who would then be able to collect partial unemployment for up to 26 weeks. The program would allow the employers to avoid full layoffs and keep needed staff while allowing employees to keep their jobs and health insurance, and continue to accrue seniority and retirement benefits. The bill had bipartisan support but a requirement for employers to obtain union approval prior to participation resulted in a split along party lines... - see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Post Office backs off plans, DailyCommercial.com
    LEESBURG, Fla., USA - The US Postal Service is backing off a previous plan to close thousands of post offices, including the Haines Creek facility in Lake County, and will instead cut hours at 13000 rural facilities in an effort to save $500 million a year... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Timesizing, not downsizing!]
  2. Single and off the fast track - It's not just working parents who step back to reclaim life, Wall Street Journal, D1.
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...When it was time to go, she rode her bike to the law office she and a co-worker started so they could have more work-life balance... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Working to live, not living to work.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Post Office backs off plans, DailyCommercial.com
    LEESBURG, Fla., USA - The US Postal Service is backing off a previous plan to close thousands of post offices, including the Haines Creek facility in Lake County, and will instead cut hours at 13000 rural facilities in an effort to save $500 million a year... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Timesizing, not downsizing!]
  2. Single and off the fast track - It's not just working parents who step back to reclaim life, Wall Street Journal, D1.
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...When it was time to go, she rode her bike to the law office she and a co-worker started so they could have more work-life balance... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Working to live, not living to work.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. SD Unified lays off more than 1,500 - SD teachers rally to save jobs, Unified Teachers San Diego via UTsandiego.com
    SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA - ...Since last summer, San Diego Unified has been asking the teachers union to accept concessions — in the way of extending furlough days for a third year, forgoing pay raises set to take effect in July — to save jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Trying for timesizing not downsizing - to save jobs.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Work sharing Michigan Senate considers unemployment reform aimed at preventing layoffs, Michigan Live via mlive.com
    LANSING, Mich., USA - ...Sen. Bruce Caswell, R-Adams Township, introduced a bill this month to allow work sharing, where employers facing potential layoffs could instead decrease worker’s hours and let employees collect unemployment benefits to make up part of the lost wages... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So this will be a 25th or 26th state with state-level worksharing?]
  2. Work sharing could limit layoffs if Ohio legislature approves bill, 5/21 PolicyMattersOhio.org
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA - ...Though it would be new to Ohio if it passes, work share has existed nationally for about 30 years. Its popularity is increasing, primarily because the federal government is providing money to states where the policy is law... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Time check on working hours, 5/21 The New Age Online via .thenewage.co.za
    JOHANNESBERG, South Africa - ...Nomsa is on duty throughout the day because she cannot leave the children alone. She is therefore working almost non-stop for 12.5 ordinary hours every day (62.5 hours per week, from Monday to Friday). This excludes the hours that Nomsa works every Saturday and the extra hours she puts in babysitting and on Sundays. Regularly working such long hours is against the law. Even if Nomsa and Carol agreed to such long working hours, this would be illegal. A worker and employer cannot make agreements that break a law... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS excerpt - France - Worse than it seems, editorial, 5/21 Toronto Globe, A10.
    [Practically everything in this editorial argues the reverse = France - Better than it seems.]
    ...After barely reaching 0.1% growth in the final quarter of 2011, France did not expand at all in the first quarter of 2012... Exports are nearly flat [irrelevant], corporations have reduced capital investment [correctable with higher corporate taxes and gov't "capital investment"], consumer spending is weak [cuz Sarko attacked the 35-hour workweek and allowed more overtime and less overtime-to-jobs conversion], and a rapid rise in unit labour costs [which will soon strengthen consumer spending] is making the country increasingly uncompetitive [long-term sustainability is the goal, not competitiveness in a race to the bottom]. ...As Ms. Merkel and others insist, [growth] is best accomplished through labour market...reforms....
    [Right, but the ones Merkel does (Kurzarbeit), not the ones Merkel says others should do (austerity). You can't get growth (UPsizing) by DOWNsizing, but you can by TIMEsizing = cutting workweek, not workforce&consumerspending, and that's exactly what Hollande will be doing by restrengthening the 35-hour workweek, even though Merkel is against it, being too much of a Dummköpfin to realize its kinship with her own Kurzarbeit.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. Magdalena Schools face spending cuts, El Defensor Chieftain via dchieftain.com
    MAGDALENA, N.M. - ...All staff will take a furlough day..\.. “Our senior staff team sat down and decided that rather than cut one group heavily, instead, they would share the burden... This is not great, believe me, but it’s something we can live with.”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Timesizing, not downsizing = TS not DS!]
  2. Tunkhannock Area to raise taxes 4 mills for 2012-13 school year, Scranton Times-Tribune via ttp://thetimes-tribune.com
    TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. - Board member Mick Cronin told Superintendent Michael Healey to "draw up a furlough plan that will allow us to get into a reasonable fund balance range." Mr. Healey said he needed direction from the board as to how much to proceed in furloughs... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Study shows Canadians are improving their work-life balance, Toronto Globe, B17.
    CALGARY, Alta., USA, oops, Canada - Despite spending more time at work this year,
    [oops, with this admission, the study with its "feelings" invalidates itself! - especially in a context of job insecurity and high unemployment...]
    65% of respondents said they feel they have enough time to spend at home or on personal pursuits
    ... [Ah, the happy slave, grovellingly grateful to still have a fulltime job, even if it's a blank check on their lives! This "study"was probably commissioned by the Harper regime.]
    However, in 45% of the companies, the perks were mainly available only to senior employees. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Chained to your smartphone? Shut it down for a night - Harvard Business School study found employee satisfaction, work-life balance jumped when staff were forced to hit the off button, Toronto Globe, B17.
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA - ...She persuaded 10 consulting teams at Boston Consulting Group to agree to cover for each other to allow each of the team members one night each week in which they wouldn't be responsible for fielding calls from work or clients. The results were stunning. Over the course of three years, employee ratings of their work, as well as their personal lives showed continual improvement... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Jerry Brown's furlough plan would drain Sacramento economy, (5/17 late pickup) Sacramento Bee (blog) via blogs.sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - The Bee's state pay database guru Phillip Reese has run the numbers on what Gov. Jerry Brown's four-day, 9.5-hours-per-day workweek would do to the Sacramento region's economy. The annual impact: $230 million in wages taken out of circulation... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. $1.2 billion school system budget receives final approval in Gwinnett, (5/17 late pickup) Atlanta Journal Constitution via ajc.com
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Gwinnett Cnty., Ga., USA - With little fanfare, the Gwinnett County Board of Education gave final approval Thursday night to a 2012 budget that calls for two unpaid furlough days for most employees... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Probably 700-800 fewer people without the furloughs.]
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  1. Senate Committee Takes Action on Work Sharing Legislation [for Mich.], 1470WFNT via wfnt.com
    LANSING, Mich., USA - Representative Jim Ananich (D-Flint) and Senator Vincent Gregory (D-Southfield) praised the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee’s passage yesterday of Senate Bill 1094, legislation sponsored by Senator Bruce Caswell (R-Hillsdale) to implement a work-sharing program in Michigan to help part-time workers.... “Work sharing is a great example of lawmakers helping other people save their job, instead of just maneuvering to save their own,” said Ananich [=something all labor unions should learn]. “Thanks to Senator Caswell’s leadership, this effort to prevent layoffs in Michigan took a huge step forward.” - see whole article under today's date.
    [Work sharing, not shearing. Timesizing, not downsizing.  So this will be a 25th or 26th state with state-level worksharing?]
  2. SEIU Local 1000 district president opposes workweek proposal, Sacramento Bee (blog) via blogs.sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - ...What I would like to see is an expansion of the current voluntary personal leave program. Currently our members can opt-in to one day (8 hours) of personnel leave with a resulting ~5% reduction in pay and no effect on retirement. I have been participating in the program since it was first offered years ago. My proposal would be that our members would be offered the option to purchase up to two additional days per month (up to 16 hours) with no option for the State to deny the leave purchase if a member chooses to opt-in and no change to retirement for those who participate... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Teachers Union President: No Concessions Planned, VoiceOfSanDiego.org
    SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA -...My guess - I could be wrong - is that majority of teachers would vote no pay cuts, no pay raises, -- keep jobs, benefits & furlough days... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Furloughs, not firings! = Timesizing, not downsizing!]
  2. Overtime lawsuits hit a snag - Cases that pit employees against big banks hang in balance before Ontario Court of Appeal
    , Toronto Globe, B9.
    TORONTO, Ont., Canada -...In the U.S., similar cases have forced big companies to pay out millions to employees who were denied overtime cheques, or were wrongly classified as managers exempt from overtime-pay requirements. These blockbuster cases emboldened plaintiffs’ lawyers north of the border to launch similar cases... - see whole article under today's date.
    [A real recovery requires (A) enforcement of existing weak overtime penalties and (B) conversion of overtime into OT-targeted training&jobs. If employers want customers, they're the only ones out there to fund them unless they want higher taxes.]
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  1. Older Workers Have Highest Long-Term Unemployment - National Employment Law Project (NELP) Urges Congress to Prevent Age Discrimination in Hiring and Help Older Workers Reenter Workforce, TheJobMouse.com
    WASHINGTON, USA - ...Finally, the NELP testimony also calls for workforce development and work-sharing programs to address the special training needs of older unemployed workers and reduce layoffs now and in the future... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Opening Statement of Senator Herb Kohl, Special Committee on Aging Hearing – May 15, 2012: Missed by the Recovery: Solving the Long-term Unemployment Crisis for Older Workers, aging.senate.gov (finder's credit to Dawn Lobell of CEPR)
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...And as a bipartisan opinion piece in the New York Times over the weekend stated, this problem is “nothing short of a national emergency”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The bipartisan opinion piece mentioned focuses on worksharing. It's titled "Opinion - The Human Disaster of Unemployment" and we included it yesterday (5/13-14/2012 #1) - see below.]
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  1. Opinion - The Human Disaster of Unemployment, by Dean Baker & Kevin Hassett, 5/13 (5/12 pre-pub) NY TImes Sunday Review via nytimes.com
    WASHINGTON, USA - The American economy is experiencing a crisis in long-term unemployment that has enormous human and economic costs... Some countries that were more familiar with long-term unemployment, notably Germany, were much better prepared to deal with the fallout from the crisis. The German government aggressively pushed work-sharing measures. This meant that instead of workers’ being laid off and receiving unemployment benefits, the German government helped companies keep employees, working fewer hours, on their payrolls by subsidizing their wages with the money saved on unemployment benefits. The result of this policy is that Germany’s unemployment rate is now lower than it was at the start of the downturn, even though its growth has been no better than ours... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. WV's representatives react to new USPS plan, 5/11 StateJournal.com
    CHARLESTON, W.V., USA - Members of West Virginia's congressional delegation have been urging the United States Postal Service to rethink closing 150 rural post offices across the state. Now, in the words of Sen. Joe Manchin, those members of Congress are "encouraged" by a new plan that would limit retail hours rather than close facilities... - see whole article under today's date.
    [= Timesizing, not downsizing!]
  2. SJC upholds police furloughs, 5/11 MassachusettsLawyersWeekly.com (blog)
    BOSTON, Mass., USA - The Supreme Judicial Court has rejected a state police union's challenge to a mandatory furlough plan... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. NI officials pleased post offices staying open; 'we can deal with shorter hours', Mason City Globe Gazette
    HANLONTOWN, Iowa, USA - Officials in North Iowa towns whose post offices were among those targeted for closing said they are pleased the U.S. Postal Service now intends to keep them open. ...Said Hanlontown City Councilman Robert Michaelis...“We to keep post offices open... We can deal with shorter hours.” Kensett Mayor Tom Dakin said...“Reduced hours is better than a closure”... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Postal proposal would spare facilities but cut hours at Vermont post offices, BurlingtonFreePress.com
    BURLINGTON, Ver., USA - Hours could be reduced at 145 rural post offices in Vermont under a new strategy announced Wednesday by the financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service... Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt...said he’s cautiously optimistic that the White River Junction processing facility, with its 245 jobs, will not be closed..\.. Under the new plan, communities could opt to create a so-called Village Post Office inside a library, government office or business such as a grocery or hardware store... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. USPS to Cut Hours, Not Close Post Offices, ABC News (blog) via abcnews.go.com
    [= timesizing, not downsizing!]
    WASHINGTON, USA - After 10 months of angst and outrage that spanned from rural Montana to Capitol Hill, the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that the 3,700 post offices targeted in May for closing will remain open. Instead, USPS plans to reduce the hours of operation at 13,000 rural post offices from a full eight-hour day to between two and six open hours per day, a move that the struggling mail service claims will save about $500 million per year... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. France's 35-Hour Workweek is "Much Criticized" In the Washington Post, by Dean Baker, BusinessInsider.com
    WASHINGTON, USA - ...There is probably no major policy change that could not be described as "much criticized," however they generally do not appear with this characterization in the Washington Post and other major news outlets. In fact, the 35-hour workweek has proven to be hugely popular in France... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Work Sharing Could Save States $1.7 Billion Per Year, EurasiaReview.com
    WASHINGTON, USA - Though the unemployment rate ticked down slightly in April, the latest data show that millions of Americans continue to be laid off from their jobs. Work-sharing programs could help curb some of these job losses and shave billions of dollars off state budgets across the country. A new Center for Economic Policy & Research issue brief examines the work-sharing provisions of new federal legislation and the potential savings.... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. France's next prime minister could be a woman, UPI.com
    PARIS, France - ...The question swirls around Martine Aubry...a politician most linked to the popular 35-hour workweek law, known as the "Loi Aubry." Her name is also closely associated with the universal health care coverage law... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Hollande's Top Ministers May Include Ayrault, Aubry, Moscovici, 5/06 Bloomberg.com
    PARIS, France - ...Francois Hollande, France's Socialist first president since 1995, will consider party stalwarts including parliamentary leader Jean-Marc Ayrault and Martine Aubry, author of the 35-hour work week, as top ministers. “We have to get away from austerity ... One question mark is over the future role of Aubry, mayor of the northern city of Lille and Socialist Party chief. Aubry is best known for having served as labor minister twice, putting in place the country’s 35-hour work week, which has been criticized for hurting French industrial competitiveness... - see whole article under today's date.
    [No country needs sancrosanct "Competitiveness" in a race to the bottom. What every country needs is to maximize domestic consumption and monetary circulation, and that's what full employment however short a workweek it takes in an automated context DOES. The 4-hour cut from 39 to 35 hours/week cut employment 4% from 12.6% when it was voted on in 1997 to 8.6% before the US-led recession hit in 2001. All France needed to do was CUT THE WORKWEEK DEEPER and spread the unautomated employment further. No workweek is forever in the age of robotization. "Radical!" Oh please, America's most conservative corporations, insurance companies, had voluntarily adopted 35-hour workweeks in the 1960s and the U.S. Senate passed a 30-hour workweek in 1933.]
  2. Banks back down on work hours, 5/07 Sydney Morning Herald via smh.com.au
    SYDNEY, N.S.W, Australia - Australia's major banks have quietly shelved their bid to extend the definition of ordinary [no extra pay] working hours to include Saturday afternoons and Sundays. It is a sign that the sector is easing up on workplace "reforms" [our quotes] amid its current job shedding... ''These banks should completely and utterly rule out any further attack on working hours and weekend [premium wages],'' Ms Streets said... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Why minimum wages and shorter working hours can be beneficial, TheMalaysianInsider.com
    [Shorter hours yes, definitely, but minimum wages create a gap in the wage continuum at the bottom, thus presenting an obstacle to job-market or new-skill entrants, and are unnecessary with the wage-raising labor "shortage" that short enough working hours create. Note that "wartime prosperity" came from labor shortage created in the worst way, war, while shorter hours creates that employer-perceived labor shortagte, actually a sustainable labor-employment BALANCE at last, without consumer-killing war.]
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - ...The working week in Sweden is 36-40 hours split over 5 days. In Denmark it is 37 hours a week. France has had 35-hour working weeks as a legal limit, now stretchable to 38 hours. Germans work between 35 to 42 hours full-time a week. In Malaysia, The Employment Act sets the work week as 48 hours, with 6 working days per week and a maximum of 8 working hours per day... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Public chimes in on BOE budget shortfall, MorganCountyCitizen.com
    MORGAN COUNTY, Ky., USA -...And although layoffs are not on the table, Bennett said it might be the time to reduce the work calendar for teachers and administrators by 10 days. Bennett said that doing so could not technically be called “furlough days,” because furloughs affect teachers’ retirement but that many school systems already have 10 furlough days in place... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. US work hours rise as productivity drops in Q1, Reuters via Employee Benefit News
    [Another reason for shorter hours! Longer hours = more tiredness & boredom = higher unemployment = weaker markets = less incentive to invest...]
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Nonfarm productivity fell in the first quarter... Productivity slipped at a 0.5% annual rate, the Department of Labor reported on Thursday... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Five-day work week notified, (5/03 late pickup) DAWN.com
    [Presumably down from five&ahalf (or six?).]
    KARACHI, Sindh, Pakistan - ...“In pursuance of the decision taken by the prime minister during the energy conference held at Lahore [Punjab Province], the government of Sindh [Province], with the approval of the competent authority, has declared a five-day working week, which will be observed with immediate effect,” read the notification... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Historic sites, parks to lose interpreters, WinnipegFreePress.com
    [Bush-brainwashed, religious fundamentalist, democracy-sabotaging, power-usurper Harper is still getting tutored by the economy-poisoners of the armageddon-accelerating babyBush regime - cut jobs, bash the ecosystem, but still expect Growth (alias UPsizing) from DOWNsizing, and sustainability from ignoring history and neglecting nature.]
    OTTAWA, Canada -- Visitors to national parks and historic sites will find shorter hours and fewer services available in the spring and fall as the federal government cuts $29 million from the Parks Canada budget over the next three years... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. May Day: From the Haymarket Massacre to the Occupy Movement, HuffingtonPost.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ...The late 19th century was a particularly hard and brutal time for working people in the United States. The rise of giant corporations fostered accelerated exploitation of workers in the interests of profit by the wealthy few. In the new, giant factories, it was common for workers to labor from 60 to 80 hours a week. Many workers had a six-day workweek, but a seven-day workweek was the standard for steel mills, oil refineries, paper mills, and other highly mechanized plants... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 80th May Day march for union stalwart, IllawarraMercury.com.au
    WOLLONGONG, N.S.W., Australia - ...Having won the fight for a 35-hour week in 1970 after decades of trying, Mr Moore and his union comrades faced a new challenge which would not be overcome - the women's liberation movement... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But they were only fighting the May Queen tradition.]
  3. Court Upholds Use of Fluctuating Work Week Method in Connecticut, JD Supra (press release) via jdsupra.com
    HARTFORD, Conn. - ...But since states can regulate payment of wages, work hours and overtime practices more strictly than the federal law...it is often a question as to whether Connecticut allows a wage payment practice that is clearly acceptable under the FLSA. One such practice is the payment of overtime calculated on a “fluctuating work week”. The fluctuating work week method has been allowed under federal law since the 1940’s. A recent and well-reasoned Connecticut Superior Court decision, Roach v. Moran Foods, issued on March 16, 2012, now seems to establish that Connecticut employees can use the fluctuating work week and be in compliance with Connecticut law... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This story tells where Walter Reuther may have got the idea for "fluctuating adjustment of the workweek against unemployment" that he mentioned at the UAW Convention in Atlantic City in 1964. The hotlinked courtcase seems to refer to the fluctuating workweek method in common speech as "Chinese overtime," reminiscent of the phrase "Chinese firedrill," meaning when everyone jumps out of a car at a stoplight and changes seats. Colleague Kate thinks she must have learned it at Cornell in the late '60s.]
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    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Letter: May we have hope? Naples Daily News via naplesnews.com
    NAPLES, Fla. - ...It's clear that the country is up the creek without a paddle, fraught with hardship aimed at the less fortunate. Unprecedented is bounty for the wealthy, banks and corporations, while "economic downturn'' excuses increased class sizes, hiring freezes, cut hours and benefits — despite record profits and proof of increased worker productivity... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Local offices will feel impact of judicial furloughs, Ledger Independent via maysville-online.com
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - ...Due to budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year, courthouses across the state will be closed for business and employees furloughed in an effort to save money. ...The three furlough days, one each in August, September and October are just the first days announced, with more anticipated for the second half of the fiscal year, which runs July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013... - see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in writing a scifi novel or play set in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - 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 is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Secondary Sources: Moral Case for Capitalism, Work Sharing, Taxmageddon Chart – ...The benefit of work-sharing programs..., Wall Street Journal (blog) via blogs.wsj.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ...“If you cut 10% of your workers, they qualify for unemployment insurance, but if you keep all your workers and cut their hours by 10%, there’s no parallel insurance. By treating the two actions differently, the government tilts the playing field toward cutting people rather than hours. A little-noticed provision in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in February, aims to change the situation... It’s one of those rare win-win reforms... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Work Sharing Would Ease the Pain of Recessions, Bloomberg.com
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - ...The example of Rhode Island demonstrates that it can be done. The state administers a work-sharing program that, during the depths of the recession, meant that more than 15% of people receiving unemployment compensation had kept a foot in the workforce. Although the state’s jobless rate remains high, it almost certainly would have been worse without the program. The Great Recession has reminded us how painful unemployment can be. It doesn’t have to be quite so bad. Shared sacrifice would mean less sacrifice. - see whole article under today's date.