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June, 2012

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    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. The Buzz: As Sunday deadline looms, California unions reach furlough deals, Sacramento Bee via sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - ...The deal came shortly after Brown signed a budget-related bill to let him furlough members of bargaining units that do not reach deals by Sunday. All bargaining units that do will be protected from further furloughs... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. L.E.A.P Think: Professional Development Guidance - 30 hour salaried work weeks plus paid over time would solve many problems that are common in consulting and professional service jobs, SQL Server Pro (blog) via sqlmag.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - What could work and life be like if we didn't spend the super majority of our time consumed in our careers?... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • 5th-largest economy, Germany, saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets
    • Government in 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when P.O. hours cut to 44/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • France saved by electing 35hour-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Gov. Snyder signs work sharing bill in an effort to curb unemployment in Michigan; 1260 The Pledge via 1260thepledge.com
    LANSING, Mich., USA - ...Here’s how the program could play out under the new law: An employer decides that instead of laying off workers, it will cut employees’ hours from 40 to 30 hours a week, representing a 25% reduction in hours. If the employer meets all the criteria set out in the law, its workers could receive 25% of the unemployment check they would have received if they were collecting full unemployment benefits... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Guaranteed Employment and Basic Income, policyinnovations.org
    WARWICK, U.K. - Governments have to resume responsibility for maintaining full employment... By full employment, though, we don't mean a guarantee of a 40-hour working week. One can have full employment on the basis of 30 hours, or even 25 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [or indeed, on the basis of 10 hours a week or 10 hours every two weeks or every month or every year, depending on how far we go with worksaving technology.]
  3. Unemployment (joblessness) as an extreme environment - A presentation in Steve Bailey's 6/27/2012 class in ANTH 0149A Extreme Environments at Tufts University, timesizing.com
    SOMERVILLE, Mass., USA - ...The promise of innovation or creativity or technology or non-luddism was always that it would make life easier for everyone. "Recently" in the last 200 years, however, unemployment has been made a more extreme and stressful environment by the Technological ("Industrial") Revolution, not by technology itself but by the general, promise-breaking response to it of downsizing the workforce instead of the workweek...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • 5th-largest economy, Germany, saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets
    • Government in 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when P.O. hours cut to 44/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • France saved by electing 35hour-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. ISTAT - Istituto Nazionale di Statistica: Large firms labour indicators, 4-traders.com
    ROME, Italy - ...In April 2012 the seasonally adjusted employment index in large firms decreased by 0.1% compared with March 2012 (-0.1% in industry and unchanged in services); net of workers in cassa integrazione guadagni (Cig = short-time working allowance), it is unchanged (+0.1% in industry and unchanged in services)... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Postal Workers Fighting to Save Jobs! - Hunger Strike to Stop the Starving of the USPS, SocialistAlternative.org
    [Aaah, the angry socialists. If they only realized how much support they lose by their anger. The solution is happening without them and they're too angry to recognize the small beginnings. Or maybe they serve a valuable function as a scary extreme to make the progressives more palatable.]
    BROOKLYN, N.Y., USA - ...Hours for over 13,000 small post offices will be drastically cut. These cuts are scheduled to go into effect July 1... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Never mind the jobs saved by cutting hours instead of jobs. Lefties would say, TAX THE RICH and avoid all cuts! But if THEY had disciplinedly focused on their power issue throughout the last century, shorter hours instead of higher pay, they'd have long since harnessed market forces on their side in response to an employer-perceived labor shortage and got us all to the next level. As it is, like unions they're near-useless.]
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • 5th-largest economy, Germany, saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets
    • Government in 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when P.O. hours cut to 44/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • France saved by electing 35hour-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Teacher furloughs, good (relatively speaking); fewer classroom days, bad; Statesman Journal via community.statesmanjournal.com
    [Furloughs good relative to layoffs.]
    SALEM, Ore., USA - ...District teachers are taking seven unpaid furlough days next year, with all but one being scheduled on instructional days. This year, employees had five or six furlough days — depending on their jobs — including two classroom days... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. State employee furlough language back in CA budget, State Worker via Sacramento Bee (blog) via blogs.sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - ...SEIU Local 1000, the state's largest state employee union, tentatively accepted a deal Saturday to take 12 unpaid leave days over the next year, but Gov. Jerry Brown still is seeking agreements with other state worker bargaining units... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • 5th-largest economy, Germany, saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets
    • Government in 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when P.O. hours cut to 44/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • France saved by electing 35hour-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Local health depts. see budget cuts, Times Tribune of Corbin via thetimestribune.com
    CORBIN, Kentky., USA - ..."We’re getting $600,000 less in the budget for this (fiscal) year... For us, instead of laying people off, we’re going into a mandatory furlough, agency-wide, starting Monday,” said the Knox County Health Department’s Director Susan Liford... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Postal Unit Cuts Hours to 30 Minutes Per Day, abcnews.go.com
    SUGAR HILL, N.H., USA - ...The Postal Service announced in May that instead of eliminating up to 3,700 post offices, it would instead reduce their hours of operation from 8 hours per day to between 2 and 4 hours, but only after holding community meetings... - see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Unemployment Insurance (U.I.) Shared-work plans - Senate Bill (S.B.) 1094: Summary as Enrolled, 6/24 Michigan Legislature via legislature.mi.gov
    LANSING, Mich., USA - ...The bill would amend the Michigan Employment Security Act (MESA) to allow employers to apply for approval of shared-work plans, and allow participating employees to claim reduced unemployment insurance benefits during the period of a plan without being unemployed... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Work sharing bill in Ohio House could limit layoffs, 6/24 DevelopOhio.com
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA - ...Work sharing has existed nationally for about 30 years, but would be new to Ohio if the bill passes... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. WorkSharing - UI Claim Form, 6/24 Labor and Workforce Development via Mass.Gov
    BOSTON, Mass., USA - ...Participating in WorkSharing: A Guide for Massachusetts Workers [=Employees; and also,] Developing Your WorkSharing Plan: A Guide for Employers - information sheet... - see whole claim form under today's date.
  4. Publication by the DGEFP of a detailed circular on short-time work, 6/25 Lexology.com
    PARIS, France - ...In fact, no less than three executive orders have recently amended certain provisions in the Labor Code on short-time work and long-term short-time working arrangements... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Approval of the national cross-sectoral agreement of 13 January 2012 on short-time work (Decree of 4 May 2012, OJ 8 May 2012), 6/25 Lexology.com
    PARIS, France - A decree of 4 May 2012 approved the national cross-sectoral agreement (NCA) of 13 January 2012 on short-time work... - see whole article under today's date.
  6. Air France flags layoffs, 6/25 Meetings-Incentives-Conventions & Business Tourism News (MICEBTN) via impactpub.com.au/micebtn
    PARIS, France - ...The carrier said it would try to avoid compulsory layoffs by encouraging early retirement, voluntary redundancies, part-time work and work sharing... - see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Maine Voices: New state program can help maintain both work forces and workplaces - Workers lose hours – not jobs – and collect limited benefits, while firms hang on to skilled employees, Maine Today Media via Portland Press Herald via pressherald.com
    PORTLAND, Maine, USA - ...New York state's Shared Work program saved nearly 11,000 jobs at more than 2,200 companies. Massachusetts' WorkSharing program enrolled more than 9,900 workers at 450 companies, directly saving 2,500 jobs. This program will literally save jobs. We've seen it work in other states, and now Maine has an opportunity to make it work here... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. SEIU Local 1000 reaches tentative furlough agreement with Jerry Brown, Sacramento Bee (blog) via blogs.sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - ...Service Employees International Union Local 1000's deal with Brown, announced just a few minutes ago, accepts 12 unpaid leave days over the next 12 months. Although employees' paychecks will show the monthly hit on their wages, they have some flexibility to schedule the time off... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This is exactly what Bob Rae did in the Province of Ontario TWENTY years ago - the 12 unpaid leave days were called "Rae Days" - but the union and the fat minds in the NDP backrooms were too stupid and suicidal to appreciate what he was doing - and now the Liberals have driven him out...again - ergo Canada's most able leader, disabled - what hope is there when progressives "kill the messenger" of real leadership?! The Dems did the same thing to Howard Dean when he let out that war whoop, which they should immediately have made their trademark, their "rebel yell." This is like the 1840s when America's three top leaders (Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John Calhoun) were repeatedly passed over for the presidency in favor of mediocrities like Harrison, Tyler, Polk, Taylor and Fillmore.]
  3. Mailbag: Cut the work week, Albany (Ore.) Democrat Herald via democratherald.com
    ALBANY, Oregon, USA - ...Even reducing the work week to 35 hours would absorb most of the unemployed right now... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. State's work-share costs could drop by $36M per year - Report says few states cashing in on new federal law for part-time workers, Maryland Community News Online via Gazette.Net
    ANNAPOLIS, Maryld., USA - ...Work sharing, which has operated in Maryland since 1984 and is available in about 23 other states and the District [of Columbia], allows employers to avoid layoffs by instead reducing employees’ hours. ...The federal government [can now] cover 100% of work-sharing benefits for up to 3 years in states that already have work-sharing programs... In states that don’t have such programs...the federal government would cover 50% of benefits for up to 2 years if those states agree to provide work sharing...
    [Isn't that backward in terms of getting more states onboard?]
    Researchers Nicole Woo and Dean Baker based their savings projections in the study on the percentage of work-sharing participation in Rhode Island, which has embraced the program more than other states..in 2009... The average number of work-share claims nationally has dropped to 24,452 in the week ending May 26 from 37,249 a year ago... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. SD teachers celebrate deal to save jobs with district, San Diego Union Tribune via U-T San Diego via utsandiego.com
    SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA - Educators, district officials and community leaders Thursday celebrated a tentative forged by the teachers union and San Diego Unified School District to save nearly 1,500 jobs and keep class sizes manageable next year... The agreement calls for a 3rd and 4th year of furloughs. If state voters reject Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative come November, the school year could be cut by a total of 19 days -- a month's worth of education. "A shortened school year, as painful as it may be, causes less harm to our students than eliminating 1,500 teachers and having class sizes sky[rocket."]... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Less Work, More Jobs, (6/20 late pickup) TheAtlantic.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...If we could keep creating 2 million jobs a month, while stanching job losses, we could get people back to work much faster. “Work-sharing”—or “short-work”—could make this prospect a reality... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Air France to cut 5122 jobs by end-2013, CNBC.com
    PARIS, France - ...The airline, under pressure from France's new Socialist government, pledged to try to avoid forced layoffs by encouraging early retirement, voluntary departures, part-time working and work-sharing... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And early retirement, voluntary departures, and part-time working are all forms of worksharing in the larger sense.]
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Obama Administration Issues New Guidance on Reed’s Layoff Prevention Law - RI to save millions as a result of Reed’s efforts, PoliticalNews.me (press release)
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new guidelines on U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s (D-RI) work sharing law (also known as Short-Term Compensation (STC) programs)... “Giving states an incentive to expand their work sharing programs is a smart investment in preventing future layoffs and blunting economic downturns.”... Rhode Island’s cost-effective work sharing initiative has helped preserve over 10,000 jobs since 2009... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Economist Robert Skidelsky on Keynes and working hours, BBC News via bbc.co.uk
    LONDON, U.K. - A century ago, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by now, no-one in Britain would have to work more than 15 hours week because machinery and technology would take the strain... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. Reforming Unemployment Insurance to Protect Jobs and Incomes for American Workers, The White House (blog) via whitehouse.gov/blog
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - In his inaugural address, President Obama praised workers who “would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job.” But in most states, our unemployment insurance (UI) system discourages reducing hours in this way. A worker who is laid off has access to UI benefits that temporarily cover part of lost wages, but a worker whose hours are reduced has no such access, creating an incentive for layoffs while leaving workers who face an involuntary reduction in their hours with no protection or support. Today [6/18 late pickup] the Department of Labor is issuing guidance [see our Hope du Jour yesterday] on new legislation that will help to address these problems... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Expanding the Use of Work Sharing, social.dol.gov
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - In February, President Obama signed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The law extended the payroll tax cut and federal Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits that have helped sustain the economic recovery... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. DOL Supports Work Sharing Programs, recruiter.com
    SAVANNAH, Ga., USA - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced it will offer support to state unemployment insurance (UI) agencies that oversee short-time compensation, popularly known as “work sharing.” The guidance is part of a series of UI reforms resulting from the recent Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. (H-1) CJC SB-1094, As Passed Senate, June 14, 2012, House Substitute for Senate Bill No. 1094, 6/18 legislature.mi.gov
    LANSING, Mich., USA - ...The People of the State of Michigan enact: Sec. 28B... "Shared-work plan" means a plan for reducing unemployment [and underconsumption aka poverty] under which employees of an affected unit share a reduced workload through reduction in their normal weekly hours of work... The shared-work plan does not affect the fringe benefits of any participating employee... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Awesome.]
  2. US Labor Dept. announces guidance to state Unemployment Insurance agencies on implementing short-time compensation or 'work sharing', 6/18 PRNewswire via COMTEX via MarketWatch.com (press release)
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...The guidance issued today provides detailed information about a new federal definition of short-time compensation - which includes more worker protections such as maintenance of health insurance and retirement benefits - as well as how states currently operating short-time compensation programs can transition to the new definition. The guidance also provides information to states that already have permanent short-time compensation programs on how to begin receiving 100% federal reimbursement of payments made by state programs... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Office hours cut for Modesto agencies, 6/17 The Modesto Bee via modbee.com
    MODESTO, Calif., USA - Office hours for Modesto and Stanislaus County planning agencies will decrease a half-hour on both ends of the workday starting July 2, to save money... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Five post offices may cut hours, 6/17 The Tampa Tribune via www2.tbo.com
    LAND O' LAKES, Fla., USA -- ...Under the plan, hours at the Lacoochee Post Office would be reduced from eight to four. Hours at the other four offices would be reduced from eight to six. Enola Rice, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, cautioned those hours are the number of hours the postmaster works, and not necessarily the hours the post offices are open to customers. The postmaster's schedule can include time spent sorting and preparing mail before opening to customers, she said... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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  1. Civil Service Jobs Saved - Union makes concessions to help with city financial woes, (5/12 late pickup) longbeach.patch.com
    LONG BEACH, Calif., USA - The jobs of 38 union workers were retained in Long Beach on Friday when the CSEA overwhelmingly approved several cost-saving measures for the city, including a two-year wage freeze.... During the city’s declared fiscal emergency, in which Long Beach is staring at a $10 million budget deficit, officials previously announced that 25 full-time and 42 part-time workers would be laid off, saving $2.5 million each fiscal year..\.. The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) membership voted 195 to 22 to save union jobs and to ease the tax burden on city residents. Other union concessions include a lag in payroll and reductions in overtime.... As a result of the union concessions and Friday’s vote, city officials said that there will be no other layoffs over the next two fiscal years... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. District cuts deal with teachers union to preserve jobs - Some class sizes will be increased, Thousand Oaks Acorn via toacorn.com
    CONEJO VALLEY, Calif., USA - Conejo Valley Unified School District rescinded layoff notices sent to 41 teachers last month but will increase some class sizes in the 2012-13 school year as part of a tentative agreement with the Unified Association of Conejo Teachers. The agreement, completed May 25 and approved by the school board on June 5, will raise English and Algebra I class sizes in eighth through 10th grades from 25 to 30 to save the district $500,000. It also includes two “budget cut” days that will save CVUSD $1 million. Budget cut days are different from furlough days in that aren’t counted as school days; teachers don’t get paid either day... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. SharedWork program could help prevent layoffs in Ohio, The Daily Reporter via thedailyreporteronline.com
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA - ...“Avoiding layoffs is not only good for Ohio workers and their families, but also for employers who wish to keep their talented workforce ready for a return to full work,” Duffey said. “By sharing the burden of economic hardship, shared work exemplifies Ohioans’ reputation for willingness to help each other.”... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. New short-time working model [in Sweden], EIROnline: european industrial relations observatory on-line via eurofound.europa.eu/eiro
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - ...The proposed model has been designed by studying similar short working time models in Finland, the Netherlands and Germany (EU1010021I). It will diminish the competitive disadvantage Swedish companies experienced during previous crises and help them remain competitive during future crises... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Swedish working week hits historic 26 hour high, TheLocal.se
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - ...The total number of working hours completed by Swedes aged 20 to 64 work works out to 26.2 hours per week on average, which is nearly an hour more compared to 2006... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The stupidity of the Puritan work-harder-and-longer instead of work-smarter-and-shorter goes on and on and on into the age of automation and robotics, spreading its economic flaccidity. Maybe it's time for Sweden to switch from a descriptive "average" 26.2-hour workweek to a prescriptive 26.2-hour-workweek overtime threshold with any incidence of overtime utilized for natural market-demanded job creation via smooth and automatic OT-to-training&hiring conversion.]
  4. Triumph's short-time working: 389 affected in the Burgenland, burgenland.orf.at
    BURGENLAND, Austria - The Triumph firm ushered in short-time working at three locations in Austria since July.   389 seamstresses at the Oberpullendorf and Oberwart locations [in Burgenland] are thereby affected. Since July at all three sites, Oberpullendorf, Oberwart and Aspang, about 500 seamstresses are affected by the short-time working... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. Plan would cut hours at 27 local post offices, Tasley Eastern Shore News via DelmarvaNow.com
    ACCOMAC, Va., USA -- Twenty-seven post offices on Virginia's Eastern Shore would be open fewer hours each day under a new plan announced by the U.S. Postal Service that officials say could keep the nation's smallest post offices open. Two post offices, Marionville and Withams, would have their retail windows open only 2 hours a day, while another eighteen would be open 4 hours and seven would have hours cut from 8 to 6... A survey conducted in February found 54% of rural customers prefer reducing hours, compared to 20% who favor [reducing] village post offices, 15% who prefer providing service at a nearby post office and 11% who favor rural delivery... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Nicola Family Therapy loses grant, cuts hours, MerrittHerald.com
    NICOLA, B.C., Canada - ...Besides the loss to the community, Bishop said the loss will be felt by employees as well. In order to maintain all staff members, each employee will lose one day of work each scheduled week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. COMET plans to temporarily introduce short-time working in the Plasma Control Technologies product area on July 1, 2012, TMCnet via knowledge-management.tmcnet.com
    FLAMATT, Canton Fribourg, Switzerland - ...For COMET, short-time working is the instrument to bridge the temporary downturn in orders, keep staff employed and prepare for the next upturn. The move affects 53 employees in the Operations area at Plasma Control Technologies in Flamatt... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - compare 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. Rural post offices [in Arizona] to cut hours - Arizona City's Post Office not on the list, Arizona City Independent via TriValleyCentral.com
    ARIZONA CITY, Ariz., USA - ...Going from 8-hour days to 6-hour days by 2014 will be: Aguila, Tacna, Bylas, Peridot, Roosevelt, Young, Arivaca, Elfrida, McNeal, Naco, Pirtleville, Cameron, Joseph City, Polacca [Hopi], Jerome, Kirland, Supai, and Yucca. Going from 8 hours to 4-hour days will be: Hayden, Red Rock, Valley Farms, Arlington, Gadsden, Wenden, Wikieup, Central, Fort Thomas, Solomon, Bowie, Cochise, Dragoon, Mount Lemmon, Pomerene, Rillito, Clay Springs, Fort Apache, Greer, McNary, Nutrioso, Pinedale, Hotevilla [Hopi], Kykotsmovi [Hopi], Second Mesa [Hopi], Skull Valley, Chloride, Oatman. Going from 8-hour days to two will be Topawa. Sasabe will be going from six hours down to 2... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So, four Hopi postoffices are timesizing, not downsizing. Here's a way to rebalance koyaanisqatsi. Tell Thomas Banyacya if he yet lives, or his successors.]
  2. Is work sharing an answer for high unemployment? The Enterprise Blog via http://blog.american.com
    [No it isn't. Worksharing is purely a promising public policy to prevent raising unemployment by avoiding layoffs. If you want a policy that reduces unemployment, you need something like timesizing, which starts with a market-oriented conversion of chronic overtime into overtime-targeted&funded jobs (and training whenever needed) and ends with a market-determined workweek; that is, once overtime-to-jobs conversion is fully implemented and working smoothly, the "full time" workweek is gradually reduced as much as necessary to reduce market-produced un(der)employment, or raise domestic consumer spending, to any desired level.]
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...What government should be doing is creating as much of a pro-growth environment as possible. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Oh dear, another hypocrippelcal capitalist who wants government to make up for the private sector's doomed attempt to get UPsizing aka Growth by DOWNsizing - while defunding government by trying to reduce taxes, not seeing that worksharing programs which avoid layoffs are actually doing just that = "creating as much of a pro-growth environment as possible," short of full-fledged timesizing.]
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - cf: 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. US unemployment: some lessons in sharing from the Great Depression - In the 1930s US firms, rather than resorting to extensive layoffs as in the current crisis, had their employees work a partial week, The Manchester Guardian via guardian.co.uk
    BERKELEY, Calif., USA - ...What is not well known, however, is that in the 1930s, the United States, to a much greater extent than today, succeeded in mitigating these problems. Rather than resorting to extensive layoffs, firms had their employees work a partial week. The average working week in manufacturing and mining fell from 45 hours in 1929 to 35 hours in 1932. We know this from a 1986 article by my Berkeley colleague James Powell and his co-author, none other than – wait for it – Ben Bernanke. The 24% unemployment reached at the depths of the Great Depression was no picnic. But that rate would have been even higher had average weekly hours for workers in manufacturing remained at 45. Cutting hours by 20% allowed millions of additional workers to stay on the job. They continued to earn an income. They continued to acquire skills. They had hope and the possibility of advancement... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Shared-Work Program, Workforce Development Newsletter May 2012 via Pennsylvania Career Link Delaware County via delcoworks.org
    MEDIA, Pa., USA - In March, Pennsylvania started a new Shared-Work Program for local employers. Instead of laying off employees, employers can have employees work a reduced amount of hours. These employees then receive some of their unemployment benefit for that pay period. This new program is a great alternative to a full lay off of staff... see whole article under today's date.
  3. Premier Rae was ahead of his time, OttawaCitizen.com
    OTTAWA, Ont., Canada - ...So, his government came up with an idea that, it turns out, would achieve two things: first, it would save jobs, and second, it would utterly alienate Rae from his [extremely ignorant and self-destructive] support base. He did it anyway with the full support of his cabinet. Not a single member resigned, not even the labour minister... three-legged stool... Leg 1: raise taxes to boost revenues. Leg 2: cut spending, after having primed the pump. And Leg 3: try to negotiate $2 billion in savings from public servants by having them take a bunch of unpaid days off work... - see whole article under today's date.
    [= on day off a month, the famed "Rae Days," which suicidal unionists and backstabbing backroom NDPers roasted him for, and essentially drove this golden boy out, back into the Liberal Party to the great loss of the NDP. Wudda buncha dopes. Here it is, you morons. Try to remember this: If labor can only get ONE of its two historic goals of shorter hours and higher pay, and it's higher pay, labor winds up with neither, because it's bucking market forces and just pinning an artificially high price on a surplus commodity = itself, labor. But if it can only get one and it's shorter hours, it winds up getting BOTH, because shorter hours harnesses market forces to reward a shortage commodity = itself. Get that through your dumdum heads! This backstabbing by backroom NDPers was even stupider than when the Dems abandoned Howard Dean when he let out that whoop - and they should have all immediately taken it as their war cry. Gawd, why are "progressives" always fighting their own interests? Oh yeah, Yeats: "The worst are full of a passionate intensity | While the best lack all conviction." and intelligence and strategy...]
  4. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - cf: 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play in a shorter-hours scenario, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. Work sharing get's nod, 6/10 Observer & Eccentric Newspapers via hometownlife.com
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich., USA - ...Work-sharing has proven to be an effective tool in other states to reduce unemployment and help part-time workers stay afloat, according to a press release. It has also enabled businesses in other states to keep their payroll commensurate with their production and adjust to downturns in demand without losing valuable employees. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Shared work bill designed to help firms keep employees it might have laid off, 6/10 Crain's Detroit Business via crainsdetroit.com
    DETROIT, Mich., USA - ..."It comes across ... as a talent retention/skill retention program," Arwood said... "We know that the net effect of these programs in most states is to increase benefit payout, and so that does have an effect on the [unemployment] trust fund," said Wendy Block, director of health policy and human resources for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. "If the federal government is willing to pay for the program, it wouldn't have that same negative effect."... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Fridays off: 4-day workweeks boost morale for some El Paso workers, 6/11 El Paso Times
    EL PASO, Tex., USA - ...Most employees who get Fridays or Friday afternoons off have to work longer hours during the rest of the week to make up for the time off. However, some employers give Friday holidays without adding extra hours during the week. The seven-member staff of Dr. Gary Mundy, an El Paso orthodontist, get Fridays off year-round and work a 32-hour week... Former El Pasoan Greg Cohen gets Friday afternoons off during the summer without having to work longer hours on other days. "Our CEO (Ed Brown) spearheaded it. He's a big proponent of work-life balance. He believes people work harder and are happier with their jobs with time away from the office," said Cohen, a Coronado High School graduate who works in Dallas as corporate communications director for The Patrón Spirits [which] sells Ultimat Vodka... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Short-time working had little effect [on individual participating companies] during 2008 crisis, 6/11 DutchNews.nl
    [Another example of "The Europeans don't even know what they're doing right." The point is not the effect on individual companies but the fact that saving employment and related domestic consumption during a downturn minimizes the downturn's effect on the economy.]
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - ...The scheme allowed companies to place their workers on unemployment benefit for a six-week period without having to sack them. The companies themselves topped up wages to 100%... Employers who used the scheme are still positive about its effects, with 75% saying it preserved jobs, knowledge and experience...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  5. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - cf: 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Worksharing: New Developments during the Great Recession and Beyond, ilera2012.wharton.upenn.edu
    GENEVA, Switzerland - Short-time work (German: Kurz-arbeit) is fast becoming an international word... It begins in Germany whose work sharing programme was the largest in the world during the Great Recession, then in four other European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands..\.. Work sharing is a labour market instrument based on the reduction of working time, which is intended to spread a reduced volume of work over the same (or a similar) number of workers in order to avoid layoffs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [How excruciating it seems for humans to have to talk themselves back into this obvious strategy which was their main gauge of progress from 1840 to 1940. OK, self-styled "intelligent species" - take it as slow as you like, but keep it on the table and nudge it toward the center, or centre, in British and Canadian (and Aussie?) spelling. Cuz we're going to keep going down until we just DO IT.]
  2. Teachers union and LA school district reach pact to save jobs, Los Angeles Times via http://latimesblogs.latimes.com
    LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA - The Los Angeles Unified School District and the teachers union reached a tentative agreement Friday that would prevent thousands of layoffs in exchange for one year of pay reductions. Under the accord, teachers would lose 10 days of pay and students would lose five days of their school year... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So, five furlough days and five working days without pay = better than thousands of complete joblosses and the resulting recession multiplier effect = timesizing, not downsizing.]
  3. CBO "Millions of jobs saved or created", only cost taxpayers $540,000 per job, Catholic Answers via forums.catholic.com
    EL CAJON, Calif., USA - ...The Bureau of Labor Statistics counts the underemployed in its U6 calculation. The U-6 measure counts persons employed part time for economic reasons are those working less than 35 hours per week who want to work full time, are available to do so, and gave an economic reason (their hours had been cut back or they were unable to find a full-time job) for working part time... As long as they are working full time they are counted as employed are not "underemployed" or "unemployed"... - see whole posts under today's date.
    [And economic system requirements in the age of automation and robotization is that this 35-40 hour range defined as "working full time" be gradually adjusted downward as far as needed to restore "wartime prosperity" levels of full employment.]
  4. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - cf: 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Too Much Faith in Markets Denies Us the Good Life, Bloomberg.com (finder's credit to Gail Stewart]
    [This is poorly expressed. Better: Too much faith in markets with an increasingly sloping playingfield, or an increasingly downsizing-warped frame.]
    WARWICK, U.K. - ...Our goal should be stable employment with fewer hours worked, but with more people employed... The simplest approach would be a progressive reduction in work hours by limiting weekly hours and/or increasing vacation times. Such a framework would allow employers and employees to negotiate flexible retirement and work-sharing arrangements. There is no reason why a general reduction in working hours should bring about a drop in wages. The Dutch, for example, work shorter hours than the British but enjoy a higher average income per head ($48,000 as against $35,000) with a more equal distribution of wealth and income... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. View: A Breakthrough for Work Sharing: A Summary of the Layoff Prevention Act of 2012, Workforce3one.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - A 2012 report by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP) on a new federal law covering work sharing. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (H.R. 3630) legislation includes provisions designed to expand a creative layoff aversion strategy called work sharing. - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - cf: 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Shorten workweek to increase jobs, Wisconsin State Journal via host.madison.com
    MADISON, Wisc., USA - The easiest way to create jobs is to shorten the workweek from 40 to 37.5 hours... And fewer man hours per job will promote the increase of production by means of additional workers[-earners-spenders]. The reduction of hours should be made progressively until a 35-hour work week is obtained. At one time we had 48-hour workweeks, then shortened to 45 hours and later to 40 hours. Another round with shorter workweeks is logical. The gain in employment would certainly [stimulate] the economy with money earned being spent... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. United Nations Calls For Happiness-Based Economy, YourOliveBranch.org
    NEW YORK, W.Hemisph., Earth - ...Policy recommendations from the meeting are now being drawn up, ranging from prioritising investment in renewable energy, public transport and green spaces; to introducing work sharing schemes that increase leisure time and prevent unemployment... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - cf: 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. CEPR in the NEWS May 2012, Center for Economic Policy & Research Blog via cepr.net
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...CEPR Co-director Dean Baker teamed up with the American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett...on *PBS' NewsHour with [Jeffrey Brown] to discuss [worksharing]... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. States [U.S.] Could Save $1.7 Billion per Year with Federal Financing of Work Sharing, Internationalrelations and Security Network via Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich via isn.ethz.ch
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...This brief argues that the work-sharing provisions included in the US Middle Class Relief and Job Creation Act could help states reduce their unemployment rates... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. The end of the growth is nigh - But economist Jeff Rubin says it isn't all bad, The Suburban Newspaper via thesuburban.com
    MONTREAL, QC, Canada - ...So what kind of macroeconomic policies should our governments be implementing? Rubin says, for one, Germany's job-sharing policy, called Kurzarbeit, makes a lot of sense because the biggest problem with stagnant economies is job creation. “It's credited with saving as much as 1.5 million jobs during the last recession and I think that there's nothing that prevents that model from being used in other places as well,” he says..." - see whole article under today's date.
    [Whoa, Jeff (not Robert) Rubin gives us a regular Dean Baker up there in the toy economy of the frozen north!]
  4. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations - cf: 1932: 1000s of jobs saved when Hoover cut P.O. hrs to 44/wk
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • SWT has 3rd econPhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. USPS cuts hours, keeps post offices, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier via wcfcourier.com
    NEW HARTFORD, Iowa, USA --- ...The U.S. Postal Service announced...it will abandon plans to close thousands of small-town offices across the country, including 234 in Iowa. Instead, the agency plans to scale back service hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Cut hours, not post offices!]
  2. Libraries cutting hours, staff in Walker and Dade counties, Chattanooga Times Free Press
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., USA - Libraries in the Georgia cities of Rossville, LaFayette, Chickamauga and Trenton will only be open 30 hours a week — roughly a 25% reduction — under cutbacks approved this afternoon by the Cherokee Regional Library Board. Three people will lose their job, three will lose their benefits and nine will have their hours reduced... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But without the hourscuts, more would lose their job, and with deeper hourscuts, none would lose their job.]
  3. BONUS update - Recent developments on timesizing path to real recovery, by Phil Hyde, Timesizing.com
    • US Postal Service saved by cutting hours, not locations
    • Germany saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs & markets (now needs unzip S.Europe & quit sacrificing all for the rich)
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has econPhD-advocate in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econPhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" 2009
    • France saved by electing 35-hr-workweek-friendly president Hollande & dumping dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan & Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers, hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara University, Calif.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Orleans sheriff's staff to begin furloughs, 6/03 (6/04 early pickup) AP via TheAdvocate.com
    NEW ORLEANS, La., USA — ...About 25% of his staff, including senior staff members and all administrative personnel, will be required to take one day without pay every two weeks starting Monday... The move was a response to “financial pressures” on his office and would help avoid layoffs. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Behind the Numbers: Slow Job Growth is a Problem; Long-term Unemployment is a Crisis, 6/04 TIME via business.time.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Is there any plan to deal with this crisis? Baker and Hasset rue the fact that the United States didn’t follow Germany’s lead in the wake of the financial panic of 2008. Germany implemented work-share programs that encouraged firms to reduce hours worked rather than fire people, and subsidized those workers wages in lieu of unemployment benefits. Congress recently took steps to adopt this model... - see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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 bill has supporters on both sides [of the political aisle]: Business Comment of the Day, Cleveland.com
    CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA - ..."This program will let business keep quality employees thru down periods. Whenever you lay an employee off, you risk the chance that they will find a new job. Hiring and training new people is costly. If a company has employees they want to lay off, they are free not to participate in the program." - see whole article under today's date.
    [Heaven forfend!]
  2. In our view: Cheers & Jeers - Shared-work programs benefit all; gambling fails to cure fiscal woes, The Columbian via columbian.com
    VANCOUVER, Ore., USA - Cheers: To Washington's shared-work program, which benefits employees, employers and the state government during an economic downturn. The program run by the state Employment Security Department lets employers reduce the hours of their full-time employees while those workers collect partial unemployment benefits. Currently, 77 companies and 673 employees in Clark County are participating... - see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting a scifi novel or play 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. Wanted: A More Radical Plan to Reduce Unemployment, Daily Beast via thedailybeast.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - In the face of worsening economic news, it's time to start thinking about some more radical approaches to reducing unemployment. The German practice of "work-sharing" has been endorsed by both Kevin Hassett of the American Enterprise Institute and Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research... - see whole article under today's date.
    [...tho' worksharing is hardly "radical" - we only DID IT for over 100 years when we cut the workweek in half between 1840 and 1940.]
  2. Animal Welfare, Human Welfare Linked, HuffingtonPost.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...The worst sight is another animal control truck lumbering through the parking lot, bringing new lost, neglected or abused creatures to the shelter. ...Trucks from the most impoverished towns in my area were much more prevalent than those from better-off areas... We can help [shelters] who need government help, all in an effort to get them on their feet again and able to provide for themselves and their animals. We can do so by coming up with structural ways to provide for them and then have them provide for themselves. Such schemes include more investment in job-training, work sharing and counseling to deal with the strong and often violent emotions that come with living in poverty... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Important Change to Unemployment Comp On the Way, American Society of Employers via ASEonline.org
    LIVONIA, Mich., USA - ...The philosophical argument against Work Sharing is that it reduces the level of marketplace churn that ends up creating new jobs and workers qualified to perform them.
    [Well, we haven't been doing much worksharing yet in the USA and so we have had a lot of "workplace churn" in terms of downsizing - great according to this philosophical argument, right? - but WHERE is all this new job creation? WHERE are all the new jobs? This argument is just a little too "philosophical" for practicality. And the ASE is smart enough to drop it -]
    The more practical form of opposition is likely to come from veteran employees, especially in a union environment, who would otherwise escape being laid off because of their seniority... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Believe it or not, almost half the union movement has been unifying enough to fight for all employees in terms of peferring shorter hours for all instead of layoffs for a few, and a few more, and a few more... But suicidal veteran unionists certainly exist who prefer layoffs and unemployment and their long-term wage-depressing effects than take a short-term hit themselves, however small.]
  4. Komax to cut jobs, solar market in 'the grips of a crisis' - Komax will reduce it's workforce and introduce short-time working at its La Chaux-de-Fonds..site in June, evertiq.com
    LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS, Switzerland - ...The company said that Komax Medtech is much more affected by the continuing strength of the Swiss franc than either of the other two business units, resulting in persistent spare capacity at its site in La Chaux-de-Fonds. “To bridge this temporary state of affairs, Komax Medtech is introducing short-time working in June,” the company stated... - see whole article under today's date.