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August, 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)
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  1. Reduced layoffs — that would be worth celebrating, vtdigger.org
    MONTPELIER, Vt., USA - ...About half of the states, including Vermont, allow work-sharing, but it’s a practice that should be adopted by more employers. The federal Department of Labor recently announced that grants were available to states to help them promote their work-share programs... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Analysis: State shouldn't be too quick to reject or implement work share, Franklin College Journalism Dept. via TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., USA - ...“Work sharing in these types of cases simply has the effect of delaying the inevitable job loss”...
    [And what's wrong with delaying job loss? Which, btw, is certainly NOT inevitable if we cut hours even deeper and share around even more of the natural market-demanded employment. Work sharing also delays weakening consumer spending - and all other kinds of economic weakening, which that leads to!]
    Those who support and oppose work share are so far apart in their analyses of the program that the facts are almost certainly some place in between... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Ironic. When they still had some gray cells, Republicans supported worksharing.]
  3. Short time work: ARACityRadio.com
    LUXEMBURG - ...There are now 35 companies which have requested permission to scale back work. Around 4,200 workers are affected... Companies involved however say the scheme is preferable to having to make workers redundant, as it allows them to keep skills which could be in short supply if the economy rebounds... - 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. US Labor Secretary highlights RI work share effort, Boston.com
    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.—The Obama administration's top labor official said Wednesday she hopes to expand nationally a work sharing program long used in Rhode Island that is designed to prevent layoffs during tough economic times... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. UPDATE 1-German jobless rises as euro crisis bites, Reuters.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ...Others like Opel, the German unit of U.S. automaker General Motors, and steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, are returning to "Kurzarbeit", a government-subsidised short-time work scheme that was used widely by German industry during the global financial crisis in 2009... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. ThyssenKrupp Nirosta Shortens Working Hours on Weak Orders, BusinessWeek.com
    BOCHUM, Germany - ...“ThyssenKrupp Nirosta expects short-time working to be used only as a short-term measure” agreed with the works council, the company said today in a statement... About 456 employees, or 11% of the unit’s staff, are affected... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Weak orders? So reactivate and fund more customers with natural market-demanded employment divided into more jobs at even shorter hours. There's nothing sacred about current concepts of "full time" employment. They're nothing but historical accidents, considering that they started at over 80 hours a week prior to 1840. And drop your obsolete ideas about "hard" work in the sense of long hours - there's no way we humans can compete with our own 24-7 robots in the long-hours department, and continued trying will only keep overconcentrating employment and earnings and leaving us and our robots without anyone to buy all the stuff our robots are churning out days, nights and weekends.]
    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. New: RI Receives $330000 for Work Program, GoLocalProv.com
    PROVIDENCE, R.I., USA - U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis today joined U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin and David Cicilline and Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Director Charlie Fogarty for a tour of Safety Flag Company of America and a discussion on the latest efforts to energize U.S. manufacturing, prevent layoffs, and help businesses maintain a skilled workforce. Thanks to a new law written by Senator Reed, Rhode Island will receive a $330,000 grant to improve its short-time compensation/layoff prevention program, commonly referred to as “WorkShare.”... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. District Finalizes Furlough Days - The Redondo Beach Board of Education finalizes plans for at least four furlough days for all staff - This will be the first time in this budget crisis the district has instituted furloughs, CA Patch via redondobeach.patch.com
    REDONDO BEACH, Calif., USA - During its Tuesday meeting, the Redondo Beach Board of Education regretfully approved furlough days for the upcoming school year in Redondo Beach Unified School District—the first the district has experienced in recent memory... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But if the wealthy want to continue their "tax revolt," better a few furlough days for all than total jobcuts for a few, and a few more, and a few more... = better to have timesizing than downsizing, cuz you can't get upsizing (growth) by downsizing.]
    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. In visit to RI, US labor secretary to highlight workforce development, work sharing programs; TheRepublic.com
    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — The Obama administration's top labor official is visiting Rhode Island to highlight workforce development and a work sharing program that state officials say has prevented thousands of layoffs... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Jobs lost and hours cut at Terex factory, Herald Scotland via jobsscotland.com
    NEWHOUSE, Scotland - Around 70 jobs are to go and hundreds of workers will have their hours cut at a manufacturing plant in North Lanarkshire... - see whole article under today's date.
    [With more hourscuts, less jobcuts now, and more customers and less jobcuts in the future!]
    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. Cost cuts and job losses pierce Europe's heart, 8/26 Financial Times via ft.com
    FRANKFURT & BERLIN, Germany - ...Indeed, rather than lay-off workers, some German companies are again making use of short-time working subsidies under the government's Kurzarbeit programme that was used widely by companies in the 2008-09 crisis... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 35 Hours are in Fillon's line of fire [there's a "not" in the original but it must be a headline editor error], 8/27 slate.fr
    PARIS, France - ...Worktime reduction is a potent political symbol of right-left opposition in France (although in reality since the middle of the 20th century, worktime arrangements have not been the sole province of the left)... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Actually since at least near the beginning of the 20th century, because Lord Leverhulme of Lever Brothers published his "Six Hour Day and Other Industrial Questions" in 1919!]
  3. BONUS update - GM to cut production at two German plants, by Chris Bryant, 8/26 (8/23 late pickup) Financial Times via ft.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ...“The European car market is declining substantially,” said Holger Kimmes, Opel’s personnel chief. “Now short-time working is the right bridging measure.”...
    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. Spotlight: Kurzarbeit - Less Work, Lower Pay, Fewer Layoffs; German Missions [e.g., Embassy] in the United States via Germany.info
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...On Friday, the personnel director of German technology giant and auto supplier Bosch, Christoph Kübel, announced that the company would test out a Kurzarbeit plan in its German plants. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Paper: Opel To Cut Each Third Job In Germany. Opel: Nonsense, TheTruthAboutCars.com
    BEIJING, China - ...In the meantime, “Kurzarbeit” did spread to a third plant in Germany, to Opel’s plant in Eisenach, the Handelsblatt writes... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Funny how spoiled auto insiders talk about Kurzarbeit (small hourscuts for all) as if it's some kind of disease, when the alternative is Arbeitslosigkeit = jobloss ... for a few ... then a few more ... then a few more ... and so on till ... no car buyers left.]
  3. Business News, Radio Prague via radio.cz
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic - ...A financial support system similar to the German Kurzarbeit will be available to Czech businesses who have taken a hit as a result of the recession, starting in September. The government will pay out full salaries for workers who would otherwise have to be laid off for up to half a year. The money for the scheme will come primarily from EU structural funds... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Cummins cuts hours for fuel systems workers: Less than 10% of employees affected by decline in Q2 sales, (8/24 late pickup) The Columbus Republic via therepublic.com
    COLUMBUS, Ind., USA - Slowing demand has prompted Cummins Inc. to cut the work week of some employees at the Columbus Fuel Systems Plant to four days... - see more of 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. Regulators give OK to plan to cut hours at 13000 post offices, FederalTimes.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...In an advisory opinion released late Thursday, the Postal Regulatory Commission said that the Post Office Structure Plan (POStPlan) “should help balance service and cost savings” if implemented properly. ...The panel praised the effort as a welcome alternative to closing post offices outright... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Opel cuts working hours at third plant, Agence France-Presse via google.com/hostednews/afp
    BERLIN, Germany - ...A day after Opel announced it would introduce short-time work at its German plants in Ruesselsheim and Kaiserslautern from September, the head of the works' council said Eisenach plant would also be affected... - see whole article under today's date.
    [& here's a perverse incentive to cut hours, which still, if done enough, would soak up the surplus of desperate resumes & result in raises -]
  3. Employers ponder cutting hours to avoid insurance, Denver Business Journal via bizjournals.com/denver
    DENVER, Colo., USA - A number of employers in the hotel, restaurant and retail areas may cut part-time workers' hours to 29 per week to avoid having to cover their health care once the national individual insurance mandate takes effect in 2014, a national survey says... - see more of 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. Opel to reduce working hours at two sites, MarketWatch.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ...The company said it will switch to short-time work because of a "dramatic" drop in the European car market... Opel employs around 16,000 people at the two facilities. Short-time work is a German program designed to avoid job cuts, under which the state compensates employees for unworked hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So 16,000 consumers and their, what, 32,000? dependents keep spending instead of freezing up in jobless shock.]
  2. Time to cool off on heated issue, Hong Kong Standard via thestandard.com.hk
    HONG KONG, China - Frontline firefighters staged a sit-in protest at the SAR government headquarters this week to demand their working hours be cut from 54 hours to 48 per week. The government refused, but countered with an offer of 51 hours instead, leaving the door open to the possibility of further cuts... - 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. Upside Seen To GM's Value with Reduced-Working-Hours, Lower-Pension-Risk Plans, Trefis.com
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is in negotiations with the workers representatives which could see the working hours reduced to 31 from 35 in two of its German plants... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Foxconn Finally Agrees To Improve Conditions For Apple Plant Workers By Cutting Hours, The Consumerist via consumerist.com
    [That's good, cuz Foxconn is Karoshi Central!]
    SHENZHEN, China - ...According to the Fair Labor Association, a nonprofit global monitoring group , Chinese labor laws required the companies to cut down on the amount of hours employees work at Foxconn plants by almost a third by 2013, reports the New York Times. Overtime will be cut to less than nine hours per week, way down from the current 20 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And, uh, what would we be starting from, to add those 20 or now 9 overtime hours to? Details, details,... - Meanwhile, the formerly intelligent-seeming Europeans continue in apparent ignorance of what they've been doing right -]
  3. Long cherished, the shorter workweek loses ground in Europe [or just in the dumb anglophone parts, like Ireland?], AXcessNews.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland & BERLIN, Germany - ...But more Europeans, worried about employment, are clocking longer days amid the Continent's deep economic woes... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And this plugs in the famed Economy Self-Destruct app = longer hours for those who still have jobs, more concentration of market-demanded employment, fewer people with jobs and earnings to maintain consumer spending, weaker markets, another round of downsizing - which is, we like to point out, the opposite of UPsizing alias Growth dba Recovery or in this context, shallower rather than deeper economic woes.]
    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 as a Potential Policy Tool for Creating More and Better Employment: A Review of the Evidence, Social Science Research Network via papers.ssrn.com
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - ...This chapter has demonstrated the potential power of institutionalizing work sharing, whether temporary or permanent, to protect employment levels in recessions or perhaps feed employment growth during recoveries... - see whole blurb under today's date.
  2. Relapse into the red ink - Tornos' future on the brink, NZZ online via nzz.ch
    MOUTIER, Switzerland - ...Already in the first quarter, the company, which specializes in lathes for high-volume processing, was obliged to report red ink due to currency losses and reintroduce short-time working... Tornos management no longer believes in a speedy turnaround, because the summer is traditionally weak... They're now assuming..being obliged to show an operating loss despite short-time working... - 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: New developments during the Great Recession and beyond, (book blurb) 8/19 International Labour Organization via ilo.org
    GENEVA, Switzerland - This volume presents the concept and history of work sharing, how it can be used as a strategy for preserving jobs and also its potential for increasing employment - including the complexities and trade-offs involved... - see whole blurb under today's date.
  2. Treasury considers bid to boost employment with tax-free 'mini-jobs' - Conservative MPs are promoting an idea based on a German model that critics say ties workers to low-wage work, 8/19 Manchester Guardian via guardian.co.uk
    LONDON, Eng., UK - ...There are also suggestions that full-time jobs are being split into several mini-jobs, reducing tax income... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So much the better, because this is natural market-demanded job creation without artificial government makework and withoutr ecobashing overproduction merely for the sake of frozen-"fulltime" jobs. So-called "mini"-jobs should long ago have been the norm in the age of automation. Here we behold self-styled conservatives spindoctoring their own partitioned minds (because of their own need for markets - details details!) toward worksharing and timesizing by tying them to their own favorite values of low wages and tax cuts. Hey, whatever gets us closer - "you can call me Ray, you can call me Jay..."]
  3. Work Less, Help the Environment and the Economy - Work-time reductions may be essential to curing not just our unemployment woes but our ecological ones too, by Juliet Schor, 8/20 WBUR via cognoscenti.wbur.org
    NEWTON, Mass., USA - ...But there’s a third factor dragging down job growth that is far less known: our unusually high working hours. American hours of work have been on a steady upward trajectory for more than 30 years. By 2011, the average U.S. employee was on the job almost 300 more hours per year than many Western Europeans. In that year, Americans worked 296 more hours than Germans, 264 more than the French and 320 more than the Dutch... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. GM Close to Pact to Cut Working Hours at German Plants - GM and its labor representatives are close to reach an agreement to shorten the workdays at several German facilities, 8/20 INAUTONEWS.com
    RUESSELSHEIM, Germany - ...Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug, Opel’s labor chief, confirmed the talks between the three parties, and added that shortening the workday or week is definitely a better solution than laying off employees... - 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. GOP Provides Cover for Obama Giveaway, Town Hall via finance.townhall.com
    VERNAL, Utah, USA - ...The Department of Labor announced that it would hand out almost $100 million in grants to states for “work sharing programs.” “Work sharing” in this case is government-speak for covering salaries. The program will presumably prevent layoffs in the private sector by letting businesses have employees work as part-timers, with the Federal Government picking up some of the slack for the balance of full-time wages... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Nevermind that 40 hours a week was "part time" through all of American history prior to 1940.]
  2. Employers' selection behavior during short-time work, Institute for Employment Research via ideas.repec.org
    NUREMBURG, Germany - ...During the recession of 2008-09, Germany experienced a huge decrease in GDP.
    [Unmarketable GDP is irrelevant anyway.]
    Employment, however, remained surprisingly stable.
    [And employment is always relevant because it funds the markets.]
    The so-called German labor market miracle is often ascribed to the intensive usage of short-time work... - see whole abstract under today's date.
    [Alias worksharing.]
    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. Utah Receives Grant Money for Work Sharing Program, UPR Utah via upr.org
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, USA - ...Jason Kuruvilla from the U.S. Dept. of Labor said they chose work sharing because if its excellent track record: "We know that it works in the states that have implemented it. We have examples from other countries like Germany that have used this program successfully to reduce unemployment." Instead of laying off workers when times get tough, Kuruvilla said this program provides employers with the option of reducing a group of workers' hours and retaining all employees. Currently 1/3 of the grant money will actually go toward the implementation of the grant. The other 2/3 will be used to promote its use to employers. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Indiana "work sharing" plan would help workers, employers; Press Release via indianahousedemocrats.org
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., USA - ...Sullivan has talked to Steuerwald and other lawmakers about the proposal, and fully intends to file legislation to put work sharing into place when the General Assembly returns for its 2013 session in January... - 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. Official: Indiana will turn down $2 million grant to implement work-share program, TheStatehouseFile.com
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., USA – ...“No one was opposed in principle to the work-share legislation,” she said. “They were concerned about opening up the unemployment insurance statute.” That’s in part because Republicans and Democrats have been battling in recent years over unemployment rules and compensation... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Fine, Indiana can provide a control sample in the ongoing state-level worksharing experiment.]
  2. German industry group: no risk of widespread short hours, Reuters via in.reuters.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ...If management and labour agree to shorten working hours at Ruesselsheim, Opel can apply for subsidies under the German government's short-work programme, called "Kurz-arbeit". The scheme was used by many struggling companies in the 2008-2009 recession, allowing them to preserve jobs by cutting employees' hours when plant usage was low and having the government compensate workers for part of their lost wages... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Labor Dept. Attempts to Stop Layoffs by Giving $100 Million to States to Subsidize Payrolls, CNSNews.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – The Labor Dept. announced on Monday that it will be awarding almost $100 million in grant funding to states to prevent layoffs by allowing businesses to pay employees as part-time workers and the federal government will pick up the tab for the cost of a full-time paycheck. The “work-sharing” program was passed as part of a Republican-led bill in the House, H.R. 3630, and Senate Amendment 1465 to extend the payroll-tax deduction and unemployment benefits. In February 2012, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law, which included the $100 million in funding... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Oregon gets $1.2M for work programs, Bizjournals.com
    PORTLAND, Ore., USA - Oregon has landed a chunk of the $100 million that the U.S. Labor Department has dispatched to states in hopes of averting layoffs... The work sharing program allows employers to avoid layoffs by reducing the hours their workers log. The idea is that it provides a bridge until the company can again afford to bring the employees back full time... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And if that never happens, it's time to continue our secular = non-cyclical, 1840-1940 workweek reduction and quit pretending that a pre-automation 40-hour workweek can last forever into the Age of Robotics.]
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  1. Utah offered federal funds for 'work sharing' program, Salt Lake Tribune via sltrib.com
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, USA - ...Utah’s share of the funding is $870,818, but the state has yet to decide whether to take advantage of the grant money. "We don’t have a program like that right now, although we are studying the possibility of launching one," said Curt Stewart, spokesman for the Utah Department of Workforce Service... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Nevada to get about $1 million for work-sharing program, Las Vegas Review-Journal via lvrj.com
    LAS VEGAS, Nev., USA - Nevada will get $1.03 million from a U.S. Labor Department grant to implement or improve existing short-term compensation, commonly referred to as "work sharing" programs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So the Review-Journal didn't even bother to find out if Nevada already HAS a worksharing program?! (The answer, both questions, is no.)]
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  1. US Labor Department announces nearly $100 million in grants available for states to implement, improve short-time compensation or 'work sharing', 8/13 U.S. Dept. of Labor via ETA News Release via dol.gov/media/press/eta
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — The U.S. Dept. of Labor today announced the availability of nearly $100 million in grants for states to implement or improve existing short-term compensation, commonly referred to as "work sharing," programs. This funding has been made available through the bipartisan Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 signed by Pres. Obama in February, which authorized states to set up programs to give employers an alternative to layoffs... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. US Labor Department announces grants, Louisiana Eligible for over $1 million, 8/13 KATC Lafayette News via katc.com
    LAFAYETTE, La., USA - ...Available funds for the state of Louisiana total $1,501,852. "Establishing or expanding work -sharing programs nationwide will help business owners better weather hard economic times by temporarily reducing their labor costs while still keeping their existing skilled employees," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "This program is a win-win for businesses and employees alike."... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Kentucky courts closed Monday for furlough day, 8/12 WCPO.com
    CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky., USA - ...The furloughs are being seen as a lifesaver for many employees. To them, it is unpaid time off to avoid layoffs after state lawmakers approved a $25.2 million budget cut for the judicial branch... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Public jobs are shrinking, 8/13 FireEngineering.com
    ATLANTA, Ga., USA - ...Cobb schools are likely to have five furlough days this year, said Connie Jackson, president of the Cobb County Association of Educators and a special needs teacher... "God knows we are so lucky to have jobs," Jackson said... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Le Figaro lied about the 35-hours, 8/13 Chroniques (politiques) de Juan via sarkofrance.blogspot.ca
    Le Figaro ment sur les 35 heures, (pushed thru Bing-Yahoo-BabelFish + mucho cleanup)
    PARIS, France (?) - ...Let us re-read together: "Of course, all these taxbreaks cannot be laid directly at the doorstep of the Aubry laws." And yes, the author was admitting her crime in minced words, the 22 billion euros that she threw at us in title were not all the fault of the 35 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. New work hours to threaten Spanish siesta, Olive Press via theolivepress.es
    MADRID, Spain - ...In a bid to revive the ailing economy, shops larger than 300 square metres will be able to open for 25% more hours each week, increasing the previous 72-hour limit to 90 hours... Local officials predict the change will create 20,500 jobs nationwide, which are desperately needed to combat the 25% unemployment rate that currently plagues Spain. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Good they sense the solution lies in the time area. Bad they're lengthening per-job hours without shortening per-person hours because that means the only cap on per-person hours defaults to the general EU max of 48 hrs/wk, and that ain't gonna create no 20k jobs or do anything for Spain's 25% unemployment.]
  2. A Latvian solution to California's budget crisis, KALW.org
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., USA - ...Governor Jerry Brown's solution – and suggestion to possibly implement a four-day workweek – is not unheard of. At least in Eastern Europe. In 2009, similar measures were introduced by many state institutions in Latvia...- see whole article under today's date.
    [Latvia with its highest-in-the-EU unemployment rate is not the first place you look to for advice in a crisis, but apparently they have been trying some timesizing. It's just that, like most of Europe, they don't realize how far they have to go with it; namely, as far as it takes to get FULL employment, which maxes domestic consumer spending and currency circulation.]
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  1. A New Economic Bill Of Rights To Create National Happiness - - If we’re going to remake our economy to increase well-being for all people, we would do well to include these 10 new tenets of economic freedom, Co.Exist via fastcoexist.com
    SEATTLE, Wash., USA - ...1: Give us time - Mandate three weeks of paid vacation time for every working American, prorate for part-timers. Implement work-sharing systems, such as Kurzarbeit, to reduce unemployment... Ban compulsory overtime... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Nice to see timesizing at the top of the list this time, and here's a vitally needed 11th new tenet -]
  2. Californians for Population Stabilization Launches TV Ad In Bakersfield Urging Congressman McCarthy To Save Jobs For Unemployed Californians By Slowing Mass Immigration, PR Newswire via U.S. Politics Today via uspolitics.einnews.com
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif., USA -- ...In Bakersfield, the unemployment rate ticked up to nearly 14% in June. About 53,000 can't find jobs. Many more have simply given up looking [and gone on welfare and food stamps?]. Yet despite high unemployment, California politicians like Congressman Kevin McCarthy are standing by and raising no objections as our government continues to admit one million immigrant workers a year to take unemployed Californians' jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It doesn't matter how good a timesizing design you have for your core economy, it can be undermined by irresponsible policies, fiscal and monetary on one side or population, as dealt with here, on the other.]
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  1. The State Worker: Would layoffs be better than furloughs for California's employees? Sacramento Bee via sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - ...Many [union] members would prefer it. - see whole article under today's date.
    [So tell us again how totally permanent layoffs for a few (and a few more, and a few more...) would be better quasi-permanent furloughs for all? And why you're a union member?]
  2. Steelmerchant KlöCo fixes jobs in the crisis with the ax aside, Reuters Deutschland via de.reuters.com
    Stahlhändler KlöCo setzt in Krise die Axt bei Jobs an (translated by Bing-Yahoo-BabelFish & lotsa fixup)
    DÜSSELDORF, Germany - ...A few days ago, industry leader ThyssenKrupp was first in consigning over 2000 steel cookers to short-time working by the end of the year... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS link - The Worksharing Method for Troubleshooting the Crisis, by Maria Kyriacou, head of the Nicosia office of law firm Andreas Neocleous & Co LLC; Phileleftheros News via Neocleous.com
    NICOSIA, Cyprus - ...an *analysis (in Greek)...on the use of worksharing schemes to avoid layoffs during the global economic crisis. [My ancient Greek isn't good enough to fixup the anglobabble left by machine translations of this article = PH3]
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  1. WSCC Voluntary Furlough; Preparing Decreased Budget, WTAP-TV via wtap.com
    MARIETTA, Ohio, USA - ..."We really do need to be prepared for this so we can react in a way that's 'planful,' doesn't hurt the academic program, and works well with our faculty and staff," explains WSCC President, Dr. Bradley Ebersole... "So if someone feels it fits into their lifestyle and fits in the finances and are able to take a few more days off, they're able to take a furlough which allows us to save some money"... Dr. Ebersole says students in no way will be affected or notice a difference. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Furloughs will be recommended by Biloxi's CAO, WLOX.com
    BILOXI, Miss., USA - ...Staehling will tell the council this preventive maintenance is crucial if Biloxi is going to get through 2013 without cutting staff...
    - 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.
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  1. Analysis finds McDowell County stands to suffer from postal cuts, StateJournal.com
    MCDOWELL, W.Va., USA - ...In a story, titled "Postal cuts hurt outposts the most," reporter Meghan Cooper says the U.S. Postal Service plans to cut hours at 42% of the service's more than 31,000 offices. According to the report, McDowell County would be most impacted by cuts in hours. Cooper says that 13 post offices in McDowell County would drop to two hours a day, and another 14 would drop to four hours a day...- see whole article under today's date.
    [Better hourcuts than jobcuts.]
  2. As The German Economy Caves, Eurozone Bailouts Take On New Dimensions, Testosterone Pit via BusinessInsider.com
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., USA - ...On the other hand, if prospects of layoffs or forced part-time work (Kurzarbeit) are hounding consumers, their appetite for bailing out southern countries will fade altogether—and so will Germany’s ability to do so... - see whole article under today's date.
    [How bizarre that this commentator doesn't say "forced layoffs or even layoff-avoiding part-time work (Kurzarbeit)"! Clearly even some Germans, like Richter, don't understand what they're doing right. How stupid to imply you'd prefer consumption-clobbering layoffs to consumption-cushioning Kurzarbeit!]
  3. Opposition CPO proposes cut-down on teachers working hours, Agencia AngolaPress via portalangop.co.ao
    LUANDA, Angola - The coalition Political Council of Opposition (CPO) intends to recommend to the winner of the forthcoming election of August 12 this year a cut-down on the working hours of teachers from 24 to 16 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 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.
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  1. Work sharing equals more leisure? 8/05 (8/04 late pickup) GeezMagazine.org/blogs
    ALTONA, Man., Canada - ...One suggestion for dealing with high unemployment is to implement work sharing legislation, which would allow employers to give their employees less hours and hire more employees to do the same work... Is work sharing perhaps a way to wean ourselves off of the treadmill that is modern society?... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Rise in demand for free school dinners, 8/06 ThisIsStaffordshire.co.uk
    STOKE-ON-TRENT, Staffs., England - ...Many of these families have been hit by redundancies, salary cuts, and short-time working...- see whole article under today's date.
    [Maybe if the English parliament got its tush in gear and copied *Wales in enacting a worksharing (Brit. "short-time working") program to cushion the finances of breadwinners who've kept their jobs but lost some wages.]
  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.
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  1. Tentative pact saves top-level jobs at SD schools - Administrators' union defers raises, extends furloughs, U-T San Diego
    SAN DIEGO, Calif., USA - ...The tentative pact announced Friday saves the jobs of five administrators who were slated to be laid off and halts a plan to have some vice principals working four-day weeks instead of five... The district reached a contract agreement with the teachers union in late June that allowed the layoff of nearly 1,500 teachers and counselors to be rescinded... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Austerity program: [Swiss] Darwin Air is dropping the Luxemburg connection, Luxemburger Wort via wort.lu
    LUXEMBURG - ...As the website Handelszeitung.ch reports, the enterprise is introducing worksharing [Kurzarbeit] with about 30% of the employees and is also dropping a few routes...
    - 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.
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  1. Why the 40-Hour Workweek Needs to Make a Comeback [infographic], PayScale.com (blog)
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Despite advances in technology, we're working more than ever before -- and making less for our efforts. In 1970, the average workweek was 35 hours and workers made an average of $59,000 annually when adjusted for inflation. Fast forward to 2012, and workers are putting in an average of 46 hours each week for the privilege of an average $51,000 income... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. ECB announces that it will...make an announcement, FRANCE24.com
    PARIS, France - ...Once again, the 35-hour working week makes the headlines in Le Figaro. Now that the UMP (l'Union pour un Mouvement Populaire = Union for a Popular Movement, Sarkozy's political party) is out of office, one of their MPs [Members of Parliament] wants to replace it. No word on why it’s still the law after a five-year UMP mandate... - see whole article under today's date.
    [that started with "Work More to Get More."]
  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. Fact Sheet - Shared Work Program: Your Layoff Alternative, NYS Dept. of Labor via labor.ny.gov
    ALBANY, N.Y., USA - ...The Shared Work program gives you an alternative to laying off full-time employees when you have to deal with temporary business downturns. It makes sense for you to keep productive employees... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Shared-Work Compensation: A Research Agenda, Education Resources Information Center via eric.ed.gov
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Shared-work compensation (SWC) can provide a method whereby layoffs and unemployment may be avoided by reducing all workers' time. As compensation, workers receive a comparable percentage of their unemployment insurance benefits... - 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. Work sharing – will it work? BlogBigTime.com
    UNDISCLOSED CITY, India - ...The International Labor Organization suggests the so-called “Work sharing”, based on the reduction of working hours, in order to split the task in the same number of staff avoiding staff redundancies or creating new jobs (the reduction of working hours can recruit unemployed for reduction of unemployment). Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Denmark, Switzerland and some other countries have taken these measures for timely protection of their economy since 2008. Today, other countries have already taken similar measures such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. In Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ireland and Romania, 24% of the workforce have reduced their working hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It's worked in Germany (Kurz-arbeit), but a workaholic, downturn-denying elite can sabotage any solution, whatever its potential.]
  2. Dublin city schools add 10 furlough days, Macon Telegraph (blog) via macon.com
    DUBLIN, Ga., USA - ...The furloughs come after staff cuts over the past three years, and the system cannot afford to lose more teachers, Ledbetter said... - 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.