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July, 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. Nassau County, CSEA agree to furlough program, Long Island Business News via libn.com
    NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y., USA - Nassau County has reached an agreement with its public employees union to implement a voluntary furlough program that is expected to prevent at least a few of the 200 layoffs proposed last week... Even with the furlough plan, layoffs will likely still be necessary, as the voluntary program will not produce the type of savings needed to close the budget shortfall. But even saving just a few employees made the plan worthwhile to the CSEA, Mulholland said... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. East Palo Alto City Hall will close 11 days as employees go on furlough, Palo Alto Daily News via San Jose Mercury News via mercurynews.com
    PALO ALTO, Calif., USA - ..."It reflects their understanding of the financial situation, not just of the city but of the region," Interim City Manager Ron Davis said. "They're contributing to the city's long-term stability."
    [and avoiding job and consumer-spending cuts!]
    The same group of about 50 city employees also took a 5% salary cut last year through furloughs. But instead of closing City Hall then, the city shut down operations two hours early every Friday afternoon. The switch to full-day furloughs came at the request of the Service Employees International Union, which represents the largest pool of the city's non-public safety employees. Many employees felt taking a full day off would be more convenient, Davis said. "It's one less day of paying for child care, one less day of driving, it's better for staff."... - see whole article under today's date.
    [= back and forth on the detailed implementation.]
  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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Courthouses to Close Statewide, 7/30 www.WEKU.fm
    FRANKFURT, Ky., USA - ...The furloughs will affect only non-elected court personnel, who will be off work without pay as part of the Judicial Branch’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Reduction Plan, according to a state news release... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But layoffs will be avoided.]
  2. Short Time Work, 7/29 ARAcityradio.com
    LUXEMBOURG - 32 companies nationwide have got their staff working short time. Nearly 4 000 workers are affected... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Cut hours, save jobs - Letters To Editor, Leader-Telegram via leadertelegram.com
    EAU CLAIRE, Wisc., USA - A possible solution to the unemployment situation would be to lower most production work to four days a week (32 hours). Current technology allows this work to be done much faster... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And current technology requires that remaining employment be spread thinner to keep the same number of customers to buy the output. If employment is spread thin enough for everyone, the lack of jobseekers will move employers to raise pay to get good help, and the economy will upsize and we'll have real growth for a change. So obvious! Too obvious for the experts. But, "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, hast thou ordained strength" (Ps.8:2) or in this case, out of the mouths of laymen and amateurs...]
  2. Are there any studies comparing 30-hour workweeks with 40-hour workweeks? The Workplace beta via workplace.StackExchange.com
    SOUTHOLD, N.Y., USA - I just read an interesting article [3/14/2012 #2] about the 40 hour workweek that cited a paper that summarized approximately 100 years of people praising the 40 hour workweek, but it is always cast as an alternative to longer workweeks. I am curious about the efficiency of even shorter workweeks...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Hacking the federal workweek, FedScoop.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — ...Paul Graham of Y Combinator fame called these two styles of work — unbroken slabs of time vs. numerous shorter meetings — the “maker schedule” and the “manager schedule” in a classic 2009 blog post. Graham describes how most of the people who make a tech startup run — programmers — operate on maker time, but how their bosses and the venture capitalists can screw everything up by scheduling a meeting on manager time... Everything I’ve done that I’m proud of, or that people have noticed, has been done on a maker schedule. But working within a manager schedule, I’ve had to hack my life to find the time to make things happen...
    - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. 2 Economists Tout 'Work Sharing' Plan, IvyExec.com
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA -- A pair of think-tank economists introduced legislators to a new kind of unemployment insurance this week -- insurance that could help strapped employers cut expenses without layoffs, and save the state some money through federal subsidies. Paul Miller and Sean O'Leary, with the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said work sharing insurance has been around for decades, but is not widely known. The feds began pushing it this year through the 2012 Middle Class and Job Creation Act.... Magee worried that after the two-year federal subsidy expires, the cost could become a burden to the state... - see whole article under today's date.
    [That's when you switch from temporary-funding worksharing to sustainable-funding timesizing by, for example, taxing away any incentive to use chronic overtime (OT) as a substitute for hiring and granting a complete tax exemption for reinvesting that chronic OT incentive in OT-targeted hiring, and training whenever needed.]
  2. Nassau OKs voluntary furloughs for 5000, Newsday.com (blog)
    MINEOLA, N.Y., USA - ...More than 5000 Nassau County workers will be able to take unpaid, voluntary furloughs as the county scrambles to close a projected multimillion-dollar budget deficit and unions seek to avoid future layoffs...
    - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Lowest Average Work Week Countries Show Wealth, WIFR.com
    ROCKFORD, Illin., USA -- Ten developed countries with the lowest average work week contain a surprising factor. These countries are all among the top 11 countries in terms of wealth. The list does not contain the United States... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So the USA, still a legend in its own mind, is no longer "the richest country in the world."]
  2. UPDATE 1 - ThyssenKrupp cuts work hours at German steel plants - Steelmaker to start shortened hours programme in August, Reuters.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ...It will affect around 2,170 of the 17,500 workers at the cold-rolling and surface finishing lines as well as coil-coating plants in Duisburg-Hamborn, Duisburg-Huettenheim, Bochum, Dortmund and Siegerland... Germany's short-work system was used by many struggling companies in the 2008-2009 recession, allowing them to preserve jobs by cutting the hours of employees when usage of plants was low. The company can then quickly ramp up production to satisfy customer orders if demand picks up. The state compensates the workers for some of the lost hours....
    Together with the works councils, the company is looking into carrying out skill-upgrading measures during short-time working
    ... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. AA ends leaves for 400 flight attendants, AP via Ventura County Star via vcstar.com
    DALLAS, Tex., USA — ...Eventually no layoffs were needed because so many attendants took voluntary one-year leaves of absence - more than 400 of them... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Saving money without redundancies – lay off [no, layoffs ARE redundancies] and short-time working, thisisgloucestershire.co.uk
    GLOUCESTER, U.K. - ...It often comes as a surprise to clients that savings can be made without losing valuable people. One way of doing this is to lay-off employees [no, this does lose valuable people] or to put them on short-time working. Laying-off an employee means not giving them any work to do for a certain period and, therefore, not paying them [again, this does lose valuable people]. Short-time working means cutting hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Cutting hours is a lot less drastic than cutting jobs or in Brit. "redundancies."]
  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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. A poison pill in Oklahoma’s work-sharing program, Oklahoma Policy Institute via okpolicy.org
    TULSA, Okla., USA - ..."Here’s the problem: 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." There is an alternative solution: “work-sharing” programs that allow employees to voluntarily reduce their wages in exchange for partial unemployment support...
    [But apparently there's something else we have to worry about even when a state supposedly has a worksharing program -]
    17 programs were available before the recession began and they have been credited with saving 166,000 jobs in 2009 alone. Yet Oklahoma’s program has not saved a single job in over 2 years. The limits on which businesses can enroll is where Oklahoma’s program goes terribly astray... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Implementing Work Sharing Could Help Both Business and Workers During Economic Downturns, wvpolicy.org
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA - ...Lay-offs hurt employees and can cause businesses to lose experienced workers. Instead, companies can use work sharing, a voluntary program that allows employers to use unemployment benefits to retain their workers and avert lay-offs. Work sharing has already been adopted in 24 states and the District of Columbia. If implemented in West Virginia, work sharing could be particularly helpful to the mining and construction industries which have both faced employments ups and downs during this past recession...
    - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Reducing Layoffs - How Work Sharing Can Help Workers and Businesses in West Virginia, 7/22 West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy via wvpolicy.org
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA - ...Work sharing programs have a very high GDP “bang for the buck.” Every dollar spent on temporary federal funding of work sharing programs increases GDP by $1.64. Work sharing has a greater economic impact than any of the recent tax cuts, and even increased infrastructure spending... - see whole report under today's date.
  2. School Aides Make Concessions to Save Jobs, 7/23 CapeMayCountyHerald.com (press release)
    CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J., USA — The Middle Township Board of Education voted to accept a memorandum of agreement...that will keep instructional aides, bus aides and security aides in the employ of the district, but will mean less [paid] days off and a two-year wage freeze... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Update from the People's House - Shared work can be good for Ohio, The Wadsworth Post via thepostnewspapers.com/wadsworth
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, USA - ...During times of economic downturn, businesses are often faced with...the possibility of laying off their valuable, trained workforce in order to survive. Because of the current unemployment system, businesses do not have the flexibility to arrange alternatives to layoffs, leaving workers jobless, families with less income and communities without necessary income tax revenue. However, the Ohio House recently passed legislation--House Bill 484--that creates a federally authorized short-term compensation program called SharedWork Ohio. Under SharedWork Ohio, an employer has the option of reducing the number of work hours, instead of laying off skilled workers. In turn, the affected employees are paid on a pro rata basis for their work, maintaining their pension and health care benefits... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Reduced workweek has consequences, WinnipegFreePress.com
    WINNIPEG, Man., CPC (Confederated Provinces of Canada) - A 4-day workweek is great when the 5th day is a statutory paid holiday, but for Rudy and Mackenzie, a shortened workweek is a source of stress. Mackenzie is about to wrap up a stint on maternity leave for their 2d child. And [she's] cutting back to a 4-day week on a permanent basis, forgoing pay on the 5th day... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The first economies that move from bandaid worksharing to sustainable Timesizing, will rapidly adjust their "full time" standards and start-of-overtime to 32 hours or less. That means 5-days pay for 4-days work. Where's the money come from? From exactly where it's all been funneling-to after the prosperity-yielding labor shortage of World War II = from today's massive uncirculating coagulation of the money supply in the richest 0.01%.]
  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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurcozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Redlands reaping benefits of preventive budget measures, San Bernardino Sun via sbsun.com
    REDLANDS, Calif., USA - ...Furloughs are another way the city has reduced its spending, Gardner said. City staff - from the city manager on down - have experienced furloughs over three years. Voluntary furloughs worked out with the unions were close to 4% of most people's work hours - a little less for the police force... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. What future for les Trente Cinq Heures [=35 hours]? Life Begins at 35? JeremyJosephs.com
    MONTPELIER, France — ...“The public today talks about the 35-hour week with the same devotion as they spoke yesterday about paid holidays”, introduced back in the 1930s... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Shorten up your work hours for summer, BusinessManagementDaily.com
    MCLEAN, Va., USA - As temperatures soar and vacation season kicks into high gear, your organization can score significant points with employees by making short work of summer Fridays. An OfficeTeam survey shows that employees covet flexible schedules and short-day Fridays the most during the summer. Similarly, a Harris Interactive study revealed that 78% of employed adults who have to work on summer Fridays would take the day or half-day off if their companies offered the perk... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Allen commissioners vote to eliminate unpaid furloughs, LimaOhio.com
    LIMA, Ohio, USA — Allen County commissioners voted to eliminate unpaid furloughs for the Commissioners Office and the Building and Grounds Department Wednesday morning... Bassitt said the furloughs were really only impacting a few individuals in the 3 departments, while they didn't have much impact on the budget. He did not think it was fair for all other departments to not have them but still mandate them only for individuals in 3 departments... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Work sharing would help reduce layoffs, think tank says; Charleston Gazette via wvgazette.com
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA - ...A report released Wednesday from the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy argues that employees in the mining and construction industries who use "work sharing," a program that allows employers who need to reduce payroll costs temporarily to reduce the hours their employers work, would better weather cyclical downturns in the economy... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This (above) is a journalist's quick intro to the article below.]
  2. Reducing Layoffs: How Work Sharing Can Help Workers and Businesses in West Virginia, by Sean O'Leary and Paul Miller, West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy via wvpolicywvpolicy.org
    CHARLSTON, W.Va., USA - In times of economic uncertainty, instead of sending trained staff to the unemployment line, companies in 24 states and the District of Columbia can use work sharing. This voluntary program allows employers to use unemployment benefits to retain their workers and avert lay-offs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This (above) is the actual authors' intro including a link to their whole report. But now (below), speaking for the Morlocks -]
  3. Weird Euro Facts, by David Frum, the Daily Beast via thedailybeast.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Did you know that the average worker in 35-hour France worked longer than the average German? I didn't! But according to the OECD, it's so: 1554 hours vs. 1419 hours...
    [That may be cuz...]
    Nicholas Sarkozy failed to end the 35-hour work week rule but he did change the law so that overtime hours went untaxed—a huge incentive to all French to work longer... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Frum is a former Bush speechwriter and advocate of the Iraq invasion and government secrecy, etc. etc.]
  4. BONUS squib #1 - New Haven Classified Employees Approve Pay Cut, Furloughs; unioncity.patch.com
    NEW HAVEN, Conn., USA - ...Classified employees have voted to approve a reduced workyear and an additional 1% pay cut, to help mitigate cuts forced on the New Haven Unified School District because of the ongoing state budget crisis...
  5. BONUS squib #2 - Private sector’s working hours reduced to six for Ramadan, KhaleejTimes.com
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The working hours of private sector companies will be reduced from 8 to 6 hours max a day during the forthcoming Holy Month of Ramadan, without affecting the salaries of employees, the Ministry of Labour announced...
    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. Some mines cutting hours as decline in demand continues, Hazard Herald via hazard-herald.com
    HAZARD, Ky., USA — With so many miners losing their jobs in Eastern Kentucky, the ones that have been able to keep their jobs are considered lucky. However, many of those miners are also facing financial hardships as hours are reportedly being drastically cut to avoid layoffs... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. French government to reinstate overtime tax - François Hollande to abolish controversial overtime law in bid to strengthen 35-hour maximum week and wipe €3bn off deficit, TheGuardian.com
    PARIS, France - ...Critics of Sarkozy's tax break on overtime claimed it encouraged companies to offer overtime instead of taking on more staff... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Who follows reduced work hours? - We all know that the UAE government issues a law to reduce work timings during Ramadan but how many follow it? - KippReport.com
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Year after year, the government in the United Arab Emirates issues a circular dictating the work timings during the month of Ramadan. The circular is typically divided into enforceable working hours for public sector employees and dictated working hours for employees hired in the private sector. According to the Ministry of Labour and Interior, year after year, employers continue to neglect this ruling... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. De Pere's clash with fire union continues, 7/15 GreenBayPressGazette.com
    DE PERE, Wisc., USA — ...The furloughs for firefighters also were a way to avoid laying off firefighters, which would significantly impact some members of the fire department, Delo said... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Fasting Month, PNS Working Hours Reduced, 7/16 BeritaJakarta.com
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - During the fasting month of Ramadan, the working hours of governmental employees (PNS) serving under Jakarta Provincial Government are reduced for 1.5 hours in order to give the Muslim employees more time to pray. This policy is stipulated in Jakarta Governor Decree No. 1073/2012 about Working Hours Arrangement during Holy Month Ramadan 1433 H. If usually governmental employees come in to work at 07.30 AM and go home at 4 PM, during the fasting month their working hours are from at 8 AM until 3 PM... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. The State Worker: Gov. Jerry Brown orders furloughs for holdout unions, (7/12 late pickup) sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - ...For the first time in more than three years of state furloughs, everyone under gubernatorial control is taking unpaid time off... - see whole article under today's date.
    [BUT there are NO LAYOFFS. Hey, aren't you Californians the ones who started the whole tax-cutting Starve the Beast thing with Prop 2&1/2 or whatever, so if you wouldn't prefer layoffs, just SHUUUT UP about furloughs! This is timesizing instead of downsizing, and if you'd do a lot MORE of it, you'd cut the desperate flood of mutually underbidding resumes and give us back an economy worth the name!]
  2. A look back at Jerry Brown's furlough history, Sacramento Bee (blog) via blogs.sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - ...Brown campaign spokesman Sterling Clifford said this week that 'Jerry opposes (furloughs) because they're a temporary solution to a permanent problem.'... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Exactly right, and so is worksharing = furloughs by the hour instead of the day, and that's why we need to move forward to fluctuating adjustment of the workweek against unemployment, or budget vicissitudes, or corporate revenues, funded by a chronic overtime tax with an exemption for OT-targeted job creation (& training whenever needed) = timesizing.]
  3. Sunday PS: Who's all right, Jack? (and other matters), Daily Mail (blog) via http://atkinsonblog.dailymail.co.uk
    LONDON, England, U.K. - ...Wage cuts and short-time working, we were told, were taking the place of mass redundancies. This played havoc with productivity, but so what? The economy exists to serve the people, not the other way round... - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Birthday Boasts, (7/12 late pickup) BusinessInsider.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...There are several positive features about the work sharing route. First, the cost is limited since for the most part it simply involves taking payments that would have gone to unemployed workers and turning them into subsidies for workers who are putting in fewer than their normal hours. If the politics are such that large-scale stimulus is not feasible, then many more jobs per dollar can be created through work-sharing... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. German trade union functions as management consultant at BMW, World Socialist Web Site via wsws.org
    MUNICH, Germany - ...There also remains the most important instrument used [to save jobs] in the last crisis. Short-time working. This clear statement...clearly reveals the double game the German unions and works councils are preparing to play in the next crisis. While the unions hypocritically claim to represent the interests of employees behind closed doors, they operate as management consultants ready at any given time to impose temporary or short-time working, layoffs, and/or pay and vacation cuts... - see whole article under today's date.
    [ (A) "Layoffs" should not appear in this list because all the other items listed are layoff-avoidance measures. (B) What's the matter with workers being included in corporate decision-making? Some socialists let their anger blind them to ever seeing places where they're getting some of what they want. Do you guys want to do your anger or be effective? Pick one. They are mutually exclusive.]
  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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Unemployment Insurance expanded to include Work Sharing, Legal Aid Advancing Justice Initiative via advancing-justice.blogspot.ca
    LANSING, Mich., USA - ...Workers benefit from work sharing because they will have less disruption in their household income than if they are laid off. Employers benefit from work sharing because it enables them to keep their skilled workers rather than having to search for, hire and train new workers when business improves. Overall, Michigan benefits when there are fewer layoffs and less risk of some workers becoming long-term unemployed... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. France: Social Conference outlines massive attacks on the working class, World Socialist Web Site via wsws.org
    PARIS, France - ...French business figures have stressed that they would like to model France’s short-time work system on Germany’s Kurzarbeit measures, which allow business to more rapidly cut workers’ pay in response to economic slowdowns... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This is another example of old-style socialists' lack of strategic thinking. FIRST, you turn yourself from a surplus commodity into a scarce commodity with worksharing and timesizing. Only THEN, when you have market-harnessed scarcity-enforced power at the bargaining table, you make wage&benefit demands. Making wage&benefit demands while you're still a long-workweek surplus commodity in the age of robotics is just amusing and cute babywhining.]
  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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Thom Hartmann: Would Cutting the Work Week put Everyone Back to Work? DemocraticUnderground.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - Even though Americans are some of the most overworked people in the world - our long hours at work are doing very little to help the economy recover. So - could following the European model by cutting back on the work week actually help our economy - and put all unemployed Americans back to work?... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Civil servants work 52 hours per week: survey, KoreaTimes.co.kr
    SEOUL, S.Korea - ...The study released this month demonstrated that the Ministry of Employment and Labor has failed in its policy of reducing working hours for employees of the government and state-run enterprises. The average annual working hours of Korean workers in 2011 was 2,200, the longest among member states of the OECD. The ministry has urged employers to hire more employees...
    - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Why the 40-Hour Workweek Doesn't Matter - True Productivity Tied to Employee Engagement, Not More Hours in the Office Says Hogan Assessments, MarketWire via Comtex via MarketWatch.com (press release)
    TULSA, Ok., USA - ...Are we trending back to pre-Industrial Revolution days where the workweek was six 14-hour days? The argument has been made that more hours at work translate into greater productivity... The results of Hogan's most recent survey reveal otherwise; it's not the numbers of hours worked, it's the depth of employee engagement that tips the scales in terms of productivity and enthusiasm... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Creating Your Perfect Work Week part 2, Private Practice Toolbox via blogs.psychcentral.com
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, USA - ...Lighten your load. Examine your beliefs around how many client hours you should fit into a week. Would you be more energized by dropping 2 clinical hours...?
    - 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 world 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. In Ads, the Workers Rise Up ... and Go to Lunch, 7/08 New York TImes, A1.
    LAS VEGAS, Nev., USA - The woman had had enough. Amid ringing phones and clicking keyboards she climbs up on her desk and shouts through her speakerphone: “I have 47 vacation days. That’s insane. Let’s take back our summer!” she yells as she raises a sign over her head with the phrase “Vacation Now” on it... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Should the 40 hr work week for hourly workers be abolished? 7/08 answers.yahoo.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - In many socialist countries they work 30-35 hr work weeks. This could offer employers the ability to achieve optimal productivity without the old 40 hr work week rules.... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This from somebody with an X-Large definition of "socialism" who thinks only "socialist" countries have shorter workweeks - and USA doesn't. At least they still think shorter workweeks could improve productivity, even though they're still not talking about marketable productivity, which is the key thing shorter workweeks improve by increasing employment and consumer spending.]
  3. For the rest of fiscal 2012, 72 hours could be restored soon - Senate follows House's move to cap FY 2013 budget at $114M, 7/09 (7/10 over dateline) SaipanTribune.com
    [72 hours over two weeks = 36-hour workweeks]
    SAIPAN, US Northern Marianas - ...The normal government work hours biweekly is 80 hours but because of austerity measures, the Fitial administration reduced it to 64... - see whole article under today's date.
    [64 hours over two weeks = 32-hour workweeks]
  4. BONUS squib - Bring back the 40-hour work week, by Gina Smith, 7/09 TechRepublic.com/blog
    Takeaway: While it looks good to be the first to arrive and the last to leave work each day, it turns out that putting in 60 hours of work each week may do more harm than good in achieving end results.
    In today's ever-increasingly cutthroat work environment, a common notion among employees and bosses alike tends to be, "he who works latest works best."ť And while it seems that the 40-hour work week has been largely dispensed with in our hardworking culture, new studies show that working more very seldom produces better results. Employees work many more hours now than they have in the past, but it's coming at the expense of health, happiness, and even productivity. While it looks good to be the first to arrive and the last to leave work each day, it turns out that putting in 60 hours of work each week may do more harm than good in achieving end results... To boost productivity and foster excellent employees, the best thing businesses can do is to bring back the 40-hour work week.
    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. Governor approves limit on Fulton State Hospital working hours - Legislation offered by Rep. Jeanie Riddle, FultonSun.com
    FULTON, Mo., USA - ...The legislation prohibits mental health employees at the Fulton State Hospital from being required to work more than 12 hours in a 24-hour period unless the Department of Mental health declares an emergency workforce shortage. To give the hospital time to adjust its workforce, the legislation does not go into effect until next year... The legislation does not prohibit an employee from requesting to work extra time if he or she desires to do so. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Hours cut back at urgent care to save $300,000 a year, Hamilton Spectator via thespec.com
    HAMILTON, Ont., Canada - Cutting back the hours at the Main Street West Urgent Care Centre was as much about saving money as it was about too few patients arriving at the beginning and end of the day... It saves about $300,000 a year to open the centre one hour later, at 9 a.m., and close one hour earlier, at 9 p.m...
    - 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Gerhard Schröder: The Man Who Rescued the German Economy - The last Social Democrat chancellor talks about how he cut taxes and reformed labor markets—and how it cost him his job, by Raymond Zhong, Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    [Just like Bob Rae in Canada - because of widespread cluelessness about the one and only economic agenda that has a future: timesizing not downsizing.]
    HANNOVER, Germany - ...Work-sharing programs are common in Germany. During the financial crisis, this has allowed employers, with the help of government subsidies, to keep workers on reduced hours instead of laying them off... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Companies Using Overtime, Temporary Staff to Meet US Demand, Bloomberg.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...The average workweek climbed by six minutes to 34.5 hours in June, the first gain since February, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington... - see whole article under today's date.
    [OK then, let's make THAT the new definition of "full time" in this Age of Robotics.]
  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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. My company is considering introducing short time working, justanswer.com
    LONDON, U.K. - Question - My company is considering introducing short time working, which it has contractual right to do...unpaid... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. European vehicle manufacturer Iveco to shutter five plants, AxisOfLogic.com
    TURIN, Italy - ...The plant in Ulm has been on short time working for more than three years, with management justifying the step by pointing to shrinking sales and the general economic slowdown in Europe. In fact, a critical look behind the façade shows that Iveco’s parent company, Fiat Industrial (the commercial vehicle division of Italian automaker Fiat) is making huge profits... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Five Day Hotel Work Week Remains Lost In Translation, ThePhuketInsider.com
    PHUKET, Thailand - ...One key touchpoint is the varying work week in island's hotels. Two groups were instrumental is applying the five-day workweek during the last decade - namely, Laguna Phuket with its arsenal of leading accommodation, and the JW Marriott... - 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Work-Sharing Now the Law in Michigan, American Society of Employers via aseonline.org
    DETROIT, Mich., USA - Beginning next January 1, it will be legal for Michigan employers to set up Work-Sharing programs that will help them avoid laying off employees during downturns. The programs will need to be rigidly crafted under the terms of the law. But they hold out the potential not only for employers to retain key employees in anticipation of better times ahead, but also to lower their future unemployment tax rates... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Right for family dinners, Korea Times via koreatimes.co.kr
    SEOUL, S.Korea - ...However, it should also be pointed out that deconstructing the Korean corporate culture based on notoriously long working hours is also vital for the future of the economy, which will increasingly depend on the level of consumption, service industry vibrancy and the labor participation of women... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Save electricity! Establish shorter work hours and days off for employees, Saudi Gazette
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Companies, businesses, and other establishments in the private sector hire expatriate employees who are ready to work up to 18 hours a day. I believe this contributes to creating a work environment which cannot accommodate all employees, as job opportunities become limited to those who are willing to work up to 18 hours a day... - see whole article under today's date.
    [or even accommodate all jobseekers, let alone jobneeders, and so we get unemployment, welfare, disability, prison, homelessness... - lotsa ugly stuff for workaholics to pay for in higher and higher taxes.]
  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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. Life Away From the Rat-Race: Why One Group of Workers Decided to Cut Their Own Hours and Pay - Public-sector workers in California's Amador County learned what the Europeans have long understood: having a life is intrinsically valuable, AlterNet.org
    AMADOR COUNTY, Calif., USA - Public employees in Amador County, Calif., were outraged when their hours and pay were cut at the height of the Great Recession. But two years later, 71% of them voted to keep their shorter schedules despite the paycut. Their experience provides an important lesson in balancing work and family life, and offers hope that work-sharing might offer a way to put more Americans back to work, as it has in Europe... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Can a Shared Work Program Work For You? PaBusinessLawAttorney.com
    PITTSBURG, Pa., USA - With the economy struggling to make a comeback and unemployment still level in Pennsylvania, many business owners are looking for ways to cut expenses. A new Pennsylvania program called Shared Work may be the answer for some businesses... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. ThyssenKrupp eyes temporary cut in working hours, Reuters.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ThyssenKrupp AG, Germany's biggest steelmaker, may temporarily cut some workers' hours as product demand slows... Germany's short-work [Kurz-arbeit] system was used by many struggling companies in the 2008-2009 recession, allowing them to preserve jobs by simply cutting the hours of employees when usage of plants was low. Then a company can quickly ramp up production to satisfy customer orders if demand picks up. The government compensates the worker for some of the lost hours... - 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., 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. The 10 Hour Work Week, 7/01 vardy.me
    VICTORIA, B.C., Canada - ...I try to work as little as possible. Actually, that’s not true. I try to work as much as possible, just within the least amount of time... Or, as I like to say, when I work I work really hard but only when I work... I do, however, prefer play over work. So I’ve developed a system I call The 10 Hour Work Week which leaves me 158 hours a week for playing... Now you’ve heard of The 4 Hour Work Week (too little for me) and the 40 hour work week (way too much for me) but I thought I’d divide one by the other and boom, a perfect balance... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And here's how, in the next article -]
  2. Too much work? Do less, not more, 7/02 CNN.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...Spending hours in the office to make sure all the assigned tasks get done bleeds into our family time, and even at home, it seems there's a never-ending cycle of things that must be done. Yet studies have shown that 60-hour workweeks can result in a 25% decrease in productivity. The productivity numbers get worse as the work hours increase, because exhaustion [and/or boredom] steadily erodes judgment and performance. So what to do when there's too much to do? The key is to do less, not more (what, you've never heard a time management expert tell you the key to success is to do less?)... - 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 dastardly 35-hour-hostile dinoSaurkozy
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • TimeSizing.com discovers & hotlinks 2009 independent student video about TS from Santa Clara Univ., Calif.