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September, 2012

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    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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  1. Clallam plans furlough day Monday, PeninsulaDailyNews.com
    PORT ANGELES, Wash., USA — Most Clallam County Courthouse offices will be closed Monday for the 12th of 16 furlough days the county implemented this year... Meanwhile, the three commissioners Tuesday will consider a resolution designating 16 furlough days for 2013. The proposed furlough dates, all Mondays, are Jan. 14, Jan. 28, March 11, March 25, April 1, April 8, June 24, July 1, July 15, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Nov. 18, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Less money coming in? Cut hours, not jobs - or the money will come in even slower! More examples -]
  2. Bank of Ireland To Cut Hours in Some Branches, 98FM.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland - ...According to reports in the Sunday Business Post, plans are afoot for the bank to limit over-the-counter cash services to three days a week, at 40 of its 250 branches across the country... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Breather for aircraft maintenance staff from long working hours, Times of India via http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    NEW DELHI, India - ...The directorate general of civil aviation has found that long work hours is leading to several illnesses among aircraft maintenance personnel and has directed airlines to draft duty time limitations for them like those for pilots and cabin crew... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Fitial signs FY'13 budget, will reduce working hours, Marianas Variety via mvariety.com
    SAIPAN, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands - ...Gov. Benigno R. Fitial signed the new budget at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday, averting a government shutdown, but admitted that he may have to cut working hours “at some point” in fiscal year 2013, which starts today... - 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 scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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. Furloughs at Holland advanced battery plant do not lessen commitment, says LG Chem spokesman, Michigan Business Review via MLive.com
    HOLLAND, Mich. – “Rolling furloughs” that have been extended at LG Chem's new advanced battery plant should not be seen as a weakened commitment by its Korean parent corporation, a spokesman for the company said Friday... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Savannah River Site (SRS) considers furloughs, week-long plant closure, AikenStandard.com
    AIKEN, S.C., USA - ...Rumors of voluntary furloughs and other cost-cutting measures abounded Friday. Savannah River Nuclear Solutions confirmed that furlough discussions of this nature were taking place. "Employees could choose to utilize their paid vacation benefits or to take time off without pay," Smoak said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Now there's a scary combo = humans and nuclear "solutions"... But again, better little worktime cuts for all (especially if voluntary) than total job cuts for a few, and a few more, and a few more, and...]
  3. LabourMin accepts applications for kurzarbeit project, CEZ Group via cez.cz/en/cez-group
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MPSV) has made public the guidelines for persons and entities interested in joining the “Educate Yourself for Stability! or Kurzarbeit (short work)” project, aimed to maintain the employment and boost the expert skills of employees... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Race to save jobs in France, 28.09.2012 Cbonds. Info
    PARIS, France - ...The ArcelorMittal steel plant sits in the heartland of France’s steel industry... Some 550 of the 2,800 workers would lose their jobs if a solution is not found... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Nothing easier, if you can get past your current worktime straitjacket = emergency Kurzarbeit transitioning to permanent Timesizing - in short, the "radical" 35-hour workweek is still too long for current levels of worksaving technology. Flex up the workweek again and trim it AS MUCH AS IT TAKES to achieve full employment and maximum consumer spending. The wonder here is that even the Europeans DON'T KNOW what they're doing right. France leads the world with the shortest nationwide workweek, but now assumes it's permanent??? How dumb is that in the age of robotics?!   35-hours is hardly radical in 2012 with the plethora of 35, 32, 30 28 and 20 hour-a-week jobs being offered.]
  5. BONUS squib - Boilermakers, Blacksmiths & AEU say 35 Hour Week will stop this grab, hdl.handle.net/1885/9376 via Australian National University via digitalcollections.anu.edu.au
    [Poster shows businessman's hand reaching down toward gold coins in bag labeled AUTOMATION... MECHANIZATION... SUPER PROFITS... being grasped by the wrist and stopped by another hand.]
    CANBERRA, Australian Capital Territory - Poster: Boilermakers, Blacksmiths & AEU [Australian Education Union] say 35 Hour Week will stop this grab [for] automation, mechanisation, superprofits. Author(s) & Artist: not known.
    [The superprofits are only temporary when automation is followed by downsizing instead of timesizing, because you can't get growth (UPsizing) by downsizing. And the 35-hour workweek has no greater permanency than the 40 or 50 or 60,70,80 hour workweeks while automation is being constantly injected - the workweek MUST continue to fluctuate downward, as far as necessary to achieve and maintain full employment and maximum markets, or the Ford-Reuther Constraint applies: Ford, "Let's see you unionize these robots!" Reuther, "Let's see you sell them cars." Full employment and maximum consumer spending is now a SYSTEM REQUIREMENT, and coagulating market-demanded employment and compensation in a shrinking population can never provide it.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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 not careers, BakewellToday.co.uk
    BAKEWELL, Derbys., UK - ...'CUT hours not jobs' is the message from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce following the latest unemployment figures... He added that given the fragile state the economy is in – with many firms working below full capacity – the approach of reducing hours rather than jobs is ‘key to being able to meet new demand and grow quickly’ once the economy picks up... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Short-time working scheme, The Federation of European Employers via fedee.com
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A new state short-time working scheme has been launched in the Czech Republic and will run until August 31st 2015... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. ISTAT - Istituto Nazionale di Statistica: Large firms labour indicators, 4-traders.com
    ROME, Italy - ...Net of workers in cassa integrazione guadagni (CIG = short-time working allowance) it is unchanged (-0.2% in industry and unchanged in services)... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Apple's Excessive Work Week Progress Report, TheNextWeb.com
    SHENZHEN, China - ...Apple requires that workers never work more than 60 hours in a week, which is in line with Chinese labor law... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Desktop PCs, standard working hours on the verge of extinction: LinkedIn, Times of India via articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com
    NEW DELHI, India - ...If responses by around 400 Indian professionals for a LinkedIn study are to be believed, then office tools like tape recorder, desktop computers and standard working hours will soon be on the verge on extinction... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And if India does drop standard working hours, its economy will always be in the toilet. Because it will always have a shrinking number of workaholic burnouts, output mega-amplified by technology, a swelling mass of dependents, and a sluggish hyperconcentration in the money supply, resulting in a total inability on the part of Indians to buy their own output - and there are no dependable outside markets to do so.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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. German job growth weakens further, euronews.com
    [But less and slower than anyone else's due to Kurzarbeit (worksharing).]
    BERLIN, Germany - ...Others like Opel, the German subsidiary of US carmaker General Motors, and steel manufacturer ThyssenKrupp, are returning to “Kurzarbeit”, a government-subsidised short-time work scheme that was used widely by German industry during the global financial crisis... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Holden workers forced to cut hours, by: Ben Hyde, The Advertiser via HeraldSun.com.au
    ELIZABETH, South Austrailia - General Motors Holden will cut production at its Elizabeth plant, forcing employees to take days off, because of slow car sales... "It's quite a common device in terms of trying to align production with demand," Mr Poppitt said... In March, a $1 billion 10-year bailout package, including $275 million from the Australian taxpayer, was announced for General Motors... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And if they'd done more worksharing, they would not have needed this huge imposition on the Australian taxpayer! This is another HUGE advantage of emergency worksharing, transitioning quickly to permanent timesizing, that we have not nearly sufficiently emphasized (cuzzov all the corporate-socialist free-loader resistance it would evoke?) - they would get the ever-looming parasitic part of the private sector OFF the taxpayer's back!!! Because no longer would they have the jobs whine, the jobs threat, the jobs cudgel. So, more unemployment-fund-financed worksharing moving quickly to overtime-tax-funded timesizing, and less corporate-socialist-parasitism on goverrnments and taxpayers!]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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. Unite the Union Public Service Working Hours Survey - A Government/Unions initiative that took fruition under a Joint Public Service Forum in January 2012, Vox Online News via vox.gi
    GIBRALTAR - Unite the Union would like to inform its members on the results of the Public Service Working Hours Survey which is now arriving to its conclusion... With 95% of the Survey completed the data shows the following, Option 1. 08.00 to 15.30 (Monday to Thursday) 08.00 to 15.00 (Friday) 68%... These percentages clearly show that a vast majority prefer OPTION 1 which is what the majority of Unite the Union members have been also calling for... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So, 7.5 hrs M-Th + 7 hrs F = 37 hrs/wk, possibly minus unspecified daily time for lunch.]
  2. Laurent Fabius face au libéralisme à l'américaine, France-Amérique.com
    [Translated by Bing Translator from "Laurent Fabius face au libéralisme à l'américaine" with lotsa fixup by Phil Hyde.]
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...Culture shock was assured between these French converts to economic liberalism and the Foreign Minister, a great defender of the 35-hour workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS squib - Five-day work week - You'd Get Fired, NoLabels.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - There are big problems to fix – the economy, the deficit, energy policy and a whole host of others. So why is Congress rarely at work? The House of Representatives worked a five-day workweek NINE times during the first 38 weeks in 2012 – and only 44 full, eight-hour days. If you took a day off 29 weeks a year – and went home for months at a time with a full to-do list – you’d get fired.
    [But, as we say, what's good enough for Congressmen is good enough for all Americans, and the resulting full employment would raise wages and spending and provide solid markets, investments and ... real recovery.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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: The Hidden Secret of Germany's Economic Success, by Dean Baker, Ctr for Econ & Policy Research via cepr.net
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - The NYT had an article that reported on Germany's relative economic success and attributed it to the labor market reforms that reduced benefits for unemployed workers and took other steps to weaken workers' bargaining power... The fact that Germany has persuaded employers to reduce work hours rather than lay off workers has been at least as important in bringing down Germany's unemployment rate [and would raise domestic spending and export-independence if they did more of it]... It would have been worth noting the policy of promoting work sharing in this discussion... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Well, apparently Germany's next-door neighbor, France, is not as blind as the New York Times to the role played by Germany's worksharing (French: chômage partiel = partial unemployment; German: short work = Kurz-arbeit) -]
  2. French minister sees Germany as model for labour reform, Reuters.com
    PARIS, France - ...Moving toward Germany's so-called "Kurzarbeit", or "short work" system, would respond to French executives' complaints that when orders dry up, their only option is to lay off workers, a lengthy and costly process fraught with legal risks. Currently, French firms can resort to so-called "partial unemployment" but financing is tiny, at under one billion euros ($1.30 billion), compared to the 6 billion Germany used for Kurzarbeit. In France the duration is limited to 12 months and applying for it is a lengthy process... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Unfortunately, Canada's worksharing program is more like France's than Germany's, and all of the above, including USA, need desperately to move on from bandaid worksharing to sustainable timesizing.]
  3. Campaign against long working hours, The Press Association (UKPA) via google.com/hostednews/ukpress
    LONDON, Eng., UK - ...Charity group Working Families organised the Go Home On Time Day to encourage people to think about how to balance their work and home lives... A survey of 1,500 people for the charity showed that six out of 10 regularly worked late, with around half blaming their company's culture... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Compare U.S. *Take Back Your Time Day, Oct.24, now fallen into disuse due to promoter John de Graaf's detours onto minimum-vacation legislation for the U.S. and now Pursuit of Happiness Day, Apr.13. Shorter hours has proven to be one of the toughest agendas to stay focused on: Juliet Schor went from The Overworked American to The Overspent American, Arthur Dahlberg went from the 20-hour workweek to depreciating currency...]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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. Americans Are Literally Being Worked To Death, 9/24 (9/23 late pickup) HawaiiNewsDaily.com
    [SAVE us, Hawaii!]
    HONOLULU, Hwi., USA - ...But it was not always this way. Back in 1970, the average work week for an American worker was about 35 hours. Today, it is up to 46 hours. But there are other major economies around the globe that are doing just fine without burning their workers out. For example, the average American worker spends 378 more hours working per year than the average German worker does... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Rail staff to have hours cut as plan is given go-ahead, 9/24 LedburyReporter.co.uk
    MALVERN, Worcs., UK - Rail commuters will be buying more tickets from machines after a cut in staffing hours was given the Government green light... - see whole article under today's date.
    [A cut in staffing hours, not staffing hours = timesizing, not downsizing.]
  3. Update 4 - German business mood worsens for fifth straight month, 9/24 Reuters.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ...Industrial group Bosch and steelmaker ThyssenKrupp have announced plans to introduce "Kurzarbeit" or government-subsidised short-time work at German plants... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Toyota may cut ex-retirees' work hours: report, 9/23 MarketWatch.com
    NAGOYA, Japan - Toyota Motor Corp. is considering introducing a system next April to halve the working hours of factory-production employees who have been re-employed after reaching the retirement age of 60... The auto maker aims to create a better working environment for its older workers to maintain domestic employment and to reduce labor costs at a time when the company has been hit by poor earnings mainly because of a strong yen... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Extended Working Hours for St. Helena Government Employees, 9/23 SARTMA.com
    ST. HELENA, British South Atlantic - SHG is proposing to increase the normal working week from the current 35 hours to 37.5 hours with effect from January 2013. This increase is part of the on-going reforms within the public service to increase productivity and improve efficiency... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The correlation of working week increases, and productivity and efficiency, is debatable. However, being a remote island in the South Atlantic, St.Helena is not in a position to fire and hire, let alone fire and fire again, so it is evidently jerking around its workweek instead of its workforce, a policy that is ahead for all of Spaceship Earth. And note that both of the St.Helena workweeks mentioned here are under 40 hrs/wk, so at least they've slain that sacred cow.]
  6. Part 3: Lay-offs [=furloughs] and short-time working, 9/24 Gov.uk
    LONDON, England, U.K. - You can [furlough] an employee (ask them to stay at home or take unpaid leave) when you temporarily can’t give them paid work... - see whole article under today's date..
    [Brits call this "laying off," but for US "layoffs" they use the term "redundancies," which is unexampled in North America in this connotation. So we've have replaced every occurrence of "lay-off" in this British article with the "[furlough]" term.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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. Republican idea of a grueling work week in Congress is 2 1/2 days, says Chu, Examiner.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) was given permission to address the U.S. House of Representatives for 1 minute on Sept. 20, 2012... “Mr. Speaker, at the end of what Republicans consider to be a grueling work week consisting of 2 1/2 whole days, Republicans are heading home once again to take the next 2 months off.
    [What Judy doesn't realize is that the economy is being killed by the overwork of those who still have full-time jobs - and the marginalization of everyone else. The angle she should be taking here is, the shorter workweeks of Congress are not only good enough for the rest of America, but absolutely necessary during the age of robotics - IF we want enough people with job earnings available to buy the mounting mountains of stuff the robots are churning out, 24-7.]
    The Republican-led ``Do-Nothing Congress'' was in session for a grand total of 8 days this month, and it took 5 weeks off before that. During their time here in Washington, Republicans made sure to vote to end Medicare as we know it, increase costs for seniors, and give tax breaks to millionaires and companies that ship jobs overseas", she said. But on addressing the ongoing jobs crisis in this country, they did nothing
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Video: Remembering Furlough Fridays, Three Years Later, mazieforhawaii.com
    HONOLULU, Hwi., USA – Three years ago this week, the State of Hawaii entered a “dark time” in its history – on September 18, 2009, then-Governor Linda Lingle approved a deal that laid the groundwork for what the people of Hawaii would come to know as “Furlough Fridays.” As a result of Lingle’s decision on and leadership after Sept. 18, 2009, 17 instructional school days were eliminated for students in Hawaii’s public school system and Hawaii became the state with the fewest instructional days in the United States... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So you'd prefer that taxcuts for the wealthy cost jobs and consumer spending and completely bring down the state economy instead of costing school days until you elect politicians with the guts to restore taxes on the upper brackets?]
  3. BONUS squib - Work Week, (9/19 late pickup) Pacific Lutheran University personnel manual via plu.edu
    PARKLAND, Wash., USA - A work week is defined as a recurring period of seven consecutive twenty-four hour periods (168 hours). The established university work week begins at 12:01 Saturday morning and ends at 12:00 midnight Friday night. The work week for nonexempt employees is the basic unit for determining the proper wage due [to] employees.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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. U.I. Shared-Work Plans - Remove Sunset - S.B. 1267: Committee Summary, Michigan Legislature via legislature.mi.gov
    LANSING, Mich., USA - ...The bill would amend the Michigan Employment Security Act to remove the sunset for approval of shared-work plans. The Act prohibits employers from applying for and the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency from approving shared work plans that begin more than five years after the effective date of the public act that created shared-work programs. The bill would strike that language, effectively allowing the application for and approval of shared work plans into perpetuity... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Full-time employees feel work-life balance is out of kilter and want to work 8 fewer hours each week, Melbourne Herald Sun via heraldsun.com.au
    ADELAIDE, South Australia - Most women who work full-time would prefer to work fewer hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Housing agency mandates five-day work week, Elgin Courier News via couriernews.suntimes.com
    WHEATON, Illin., USA - ...Deb Darzinskis..pitched the plan to require everyone to come to work Monday through Friday and put in 37.5 hours over the five days [five 7.5-hr days]. The agency had been allowing employees to work four 9-hour days weekly [36 hrs/wk]... Most..have chosen that over coming in Monday through Friday... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Guess so - 36 is shorter than 37.5! At least they're both under 40.]
  4. BONUS squib - Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Method Not Permissible Under Pennsylvania Law, (9/17 late pickup) Cozen O'Connor via Monday Questions via mondaq.com
    HARRISBURG, Pa., USA - A federal court in Pennsylvania recently held that the "fluctuating workweek method" of calculating overtime compensation violates Pennsylvania's Minimum Wage Act (PMWA), 34 Pa. Code. § 231.43(d)(3). See Foster v. Kraft Foods Global, Inc., No. 2:09-cv-00453...
    [We have not yet figured out the exact relevance to Timesizing if any of this "fluctuating workweek overtime method" in the news from Connecticut and now Pennsylvania, but we do know that Walter Reuther defined overtime as "fluctuating adjustment of the workweek" against unemployment at the UAW Convention in Atlantic City in 1964.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
            (free consulting to writers interested in setting scifi novels or plays within shorter-hours scenarios, 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. 25000 workers to take 7 furlough days at plants in Gaston Co., WSOC Charlotte
    GASTON COUNTY, N.C., USA — ..."I can't face another layoff. We just now getting back. We have been back a little over a year," said one of the 1,400 Mount Holly Plant employees... - see whole article under today's date.
    [A furlough is not a layoff. With a temporary furlough, you still have a job. With a layoff, you don't.]
  2. Commissioners looking at employee work hours, IndependentWeekender.com
    SUSQUEHANNA, Pa., USA - “How come we are still filling positions at 37.5 hours?” Warren asked... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Maybe because you've got each employee wielding all kinds of productive technology, and your county needs jobs and spending and prosperity?]
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  1. Work reduction for NHL staff preseason games cancelled, tsn.ca
    TORONTO, Ont., Canada - ...With a number of big-name players continuing to head for Europe, NHL employees were informed Wednesday that their salaries are scheduled to be cut 20% across the board. That will come into effect on Oct. 1, when full-time staff are reduced to a 4-day work week.... Unlike in September 2004, when more than 50% of NHL employees were laid off just days into the lockout, the league is trying to avoid cutting staff... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Discussions under way on shortening Israel's workweek, Jewish Journal via jewishjournal.com
    TEL AVIV, Israel - A proposal to make Sunday a day off from work and school advanced in Israel. A political truce in recent weeks between PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who opposed the change, and Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, who has been pushing for a shorter workweek for years, has given new life to the proposal... A pilot project giving off one Sunday a month might be implemented as a test... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. GM's Opel to end night shift at German plant, MarketWatch.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany -- ...About 1,600 employees work at the site in Eisenach, which exclusively produces the Corsa model. Since September, about 50% of workers have been subject to reduced working hours, known as 'Kurzarbeit' in German... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 105 Bord na Móna seasonal staff to lose jobs, RTE.ie
    DUBLIN, Ireland - ...It is also introducing a short-time working initiative that will affect approximately 90 employees, which is expected to commence at the start of October and continue until end of March 2013... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Senators staff faces layoffs, reduced work week early in NHL lockout, 9/17 The Canadian Press via o.canada.com
    OTTAWA, Canada - ...Senators president Cyril Leeder met with members of the Ottawa media Monday afternoon, saying layoffs have taken place and full-time staff have been placed on a reduced work week... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Nationalization is possible only with specific planning, al Riyadh via Saudi Gazette via saudigazette.com.sa
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Debates and arguments over employing Saudi men and women in the private sector are not going to cease. Now these debates revolve around two issues – fixing [ie: stabilizing] work hours and granting a two-day weekend. A section of people supports it by saying that it is useful and will benefit the private sector. Another section rejects the concept of a two-day weekend or modifying work hours. When we debate such an issue and ponder over what is right and what is wrong, we must look into what is in existence in the developed world in this respect... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Garment workers demand reduction in working hours, Bangladesh Business Recorder (blog) via brecorder.com
    DHAKA, Bangladesh - ..It later became a full-blown riot the worst since June when hundreds of factories closed their shops for more than a week as labourers demanded shorter work hours, workplace security and other benefits... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Assembly: Fiat to Go On Short Time Working; Looks to Incentives for Low Emission Vehicles, AutoNewsWire.net
    MILAN, Italy - ...The incentive behind the incentive likely comes from a decision by Fiat to place workers on short time working this fall as demand for its vehicles has dropped and inventories are rising... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Federal Court Holds that FLSA’s “Fluctuating Workweek” Method Violates Pennsylvania Law, natlawreview.com
    HARRISBURG, Pa., USA - ...The court held that the “fluctuating workweek” method of overtime compensation – which is expressly permitted by the FLSA [Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938] – is not permitted under Pennsylvania law... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Job Hours Cut - After 20% of the student employment budget was cut last spring, departments and students try to adapt, The UofP Student Beacon via upbeacon.net
    PORTLAND, Ore. - ...Due to the new limit on hours, students who have already worked close to 20 hours will not be able to pick up additional shifts that week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Great! Young people getting used to a baseline necessity and system requirement of the future = a real workweek max. Of course, if you're willing to reinvest your overtime earnings in OT-targeted jobs for others, you can work all 168 hours/week.]
  2. Firemen work week tussle on - Staff association sets 3 conditions for working hours compromise, ChinaDaily.com.cn
    HONG KONG, China - ...Under the new 51-hour proposal put forward by the department in early August, weekly working hours would be reduced from 54 hours. However, the number of firemen responding to a 1 or 2 alarm fire would be cut from 22 to 20, but the number of the fire engines would be unchanged..\.. The association insists on the 48-hour week to give firefighters parity of working hours with the city's other disciplined servicesk... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. US House cancels final work week before election, Agence France-Presse via google.com/hostednews/afp
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a member of the Republican Party which controls the House of Representatives, said Friday that the October 1 work week has been scrapped, leaving just two congressional work days next week between now and election day... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Hey, what's sauce for the ganders is sauce for the public!]
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  1. Chamber of Commerce urges firms to cut hours not staff numbers to survive recession, BirminghamMail.net
    BIRMINGHAM, England, UK - Chamber of Commerce bosses have called on manufacturing firms to reduce the hours of working, instead of cutting staff numbers... “We are in a fragile and unpredictable economy with a great deal of over-capacity and we welcome the foresight of businesses which are retaining skilled staff by cutting hours and offering part-time work.”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [At least in England, businessmen are realizing that cutting staff numbers just deepens the recession.]
  2. Residents React to Sheriff's Cut Hours, RioGrandeSun.com
    RIO ARRIBA, N.M., USA - ...With the changes, which went into effect Sept. 7, deputies now patrol the County for 14 hours daily, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Previously, deputies were on patrol for 18 hours, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. During the E-911 Board meeting, Rodella explained that his Office’s effectiveness during patrol hours will actually increase under the new schedule by dividing the County into three regions­­—southern, northern and far northern—and by increasing the total number of deputies patrolling each region at any given time before 8 p.m... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Fiat Tries to Avoid Closing Plants in Italy by Reducing Working Hours, InAutoNews.com
    MILAN, Italy - Fiat's situation in Europe is similar to that of other automakers, struggling with low demand and sales. But Fiat plans to avoid closing its plants and only reduce the working hours at its plan[t]s in the home market... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Fiat to cut hours rather than shut plant - union sources, Reuters.com
    MILAN, Italy - ..."It's not true that the company just looks at the cost issue... In Italy we have skills we cannot lose.  Cassino, Melfi and Pomigliano are world class manufacturing plants."... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Yes, and hourscuts rather than "plant-shuts" is a world class strategy and not bush league suicide like layoffs.]
  2. Canucks staff face 20% cut in work week, paycheque should NHL lockout kick in, Vancouver Sun via EdmontonJournal.com
    METRO VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada - ...Employees will be reduced to a four-day week and take a corresponding 20-per-cent pay cut... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This kind of hourscut-not-jobcut security and additional, financially secure free time. What's not to like?!]
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  1. Cut down on the overtime! Working more than eight hours a day raises the risk of heart disease by 80%, DailyMail.co.uk (blog)
    LONDON, Eng., UK - ..Middle-aged workers putting in 55 hours or more a week had poorer brain function than those clocking up no more than 40 hours, with lower scores on tests to measure intelligence, short-term memory and word recall... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Tax breaks to save jobs 'a dangerous precedent', Radio New Zealand
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - ..."If you want to roll that all the way back, we'd still be producing cars in New Zealand, and that probably wouldn't be in New Zealand's best interests." - see whole article under today's date.
    [It's a lot easier to do worksharing to save jobs rather than forcing taxpayers to subsidize an obsolete frozen workweek forever.]
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  1. Italian Workers Fighting to Save Jobs and Lower Taxes - A Bleak Autumn for Monti, by Hans-Jürgen Schlamp, 9/9 Der Spiegel via spiegel.de
    ROME, Italy - ...The country is shedding jobs, production rates are abysmal and the infrastructure is appalling. Prime Minister Monti has vowed to turn things around. But how?...
    [How? Nothing simpler. Just do more of what Europe is already so good at: sharing the vanishing work that's not yet taken over by technology by cutting the workweek, lengthening vacation and generally rationing employers access to labor so that wages rise flexibly by market forces and consumer spending along with them. Where will the money come from? It will get leached out of the huge coagulation of the money supply in the topmost brackets, of course. Production without marketability is meaningless; marketability is impossible without markets; and markets don't exist without a maximum of people with spending money - from job earnings however short a workweek "job" involves.]
    Even those who have jobs aren't free of worry, given that short-term, limited contracts have long since become more numerous than traditional permanent positions. And full-time jobs are disappearing, with 400,000 of them having been axed since 2008. The part-time positions that have replaced them often don't pay enough to live on, particularly given that inflation in Italy stands at 3 percent and purchasing power is dropping by the month as a result... - see whole article under today's date.
    [As in America, worktime per person is reducing ANYWAY, but in the worst way, not the best = bandaid worksharing and permanent timesizing.]
  2. An American observer comments on French politics: Kurzarbeit in France's Future, 9/10 ArtGoldhammer.blogspot.com
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA - ....The Right has blamed the 35-hour week for everything wrong with France from the economy to the decline of the baguette, but now even further..hour [decreases] may be deemed necessary in an emergency..\.. There are multiple ironies here: Sarkozy tried to [increase] hours by exempting employers from taxes on [overtime]... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Hotel Association may cut hours, Virginia Gazette
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va., USA — ...Hotel-Motel Association president Billy..Scruggs added, "I'm happy to say that, as far as I know, the people who are with us will be staying with us." .\.Scruggs conceded Friday that "our remaining employees may see reductions in their hours."... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So once you're down to the employees you can't do without, you adopt the strategy you should have done in the first place, trimming hours instead of chopping jobs - and markets. If this strategy was done from the start, you'd still have the customers you can't do without, but have had to, because you don't connect the dots between your employees and your customers' customers, and you've all been cutting customers by cutting employees. You can't get growth (=upsizing) by downsizing. The existence of synergy debunks simple reliance on "the invisible hand" AND "creative destruction."]
  2. The Troika and French Theory, Global Economic Intersection (blog) via econintersect.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y.(?) USA - Readers may recall that the last time the French had a socialist government it shortened the working week from 38 to 35 hours, with no wage cut, which, all other things being equal, put unit wage costs up by about 10%... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Uh, that's from 39 to 35, and it also kept domestic consumer spending up to about 100% and saved France for years from the kind of unmarketable productivity and unsustainable investments that U.S. downsizing, not timesizing, has been deepening throughout. Btw, French unemployment was 12.6% in 1997 when they voted in the 35-hour workweek, and 8.6% once "the 35 Hours" was in place in 2001 before the U.S-led recession hit France. It takes very careful selection of the data window to conclude, as many anglophone economists do, that the 35-Hours was a failure rather than that it cut unemployment by one percent for every hour cut from the workweek, the same result as we in the U.S. got when we cut the workweek from 44 to 40, 2hrs/yr: 1938 19.0% unemployment, 1939 17.2%, 1940 14.6%.]
  3. Opinion: Working 35 hours a week, The Educational Institute of Scotland via community.TES.co.uk
    EDINBURGH, Scotland, UK - ...I keep hearing from colleagues about how much work they have to do, ruining their weekends and holidays, because of all the paperwork [and] "extras" that have landed in their laps... You are contracted to work for 35 hours a week... Your boss wants more? Fine, do more of what the boss wants - within your 35 hours...- see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Spending cuts likely to trigger furloughs, GovExec.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Hoagland said if furloughs are to occur at some agencies, managers will have to decide them wisely to avoid triggering reductions-in-force among staff, which could be costly... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Short-time working total soars by more than 30%, ThisIsCornwall.co.uk
    PLYMOUTH, Crnwl., U.K. - Almost 300,000 workers in the South West are "under-employed" – an increase of 34% since the start of the recession... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Again the naive assumption that FORTY hours per week is permanent eternal everlasting God-given "full employment" - when it's just another arbitrary historical accident.]
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  1. Kentucky state courts closed for furlough, AP via wpsdlocal6.com
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - ...That means, among other things, no drivers licenses or release orders will be issued.
    [But jobs will be preserved.]
    The shutdown is the second of three furlough days scheduled this year as the court system looks to curb expenses. The next one will be Oct. 15.
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And here's some real good overtime to convert into jobs (yes it is a slow news day) -]
  2. Amtrak probe finds phony overtime claims, work hours spent on web-dating sites - Fraud, abuse found rampant at Amtrak, WashingtonTimes.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - One Amtrak employee spent much of his time in the office sending emails to women he met through a half dozen different online dating sites, then claiming overtime pay for hours he actually spent officiating high school sporting events... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Slowing Germany faces more short-time work - Employers' group, XE.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ...Martin Kannegiesser, president of Gesamtmetall which represents the metals and electronics industries, said the shorter working hours introduced at Opel and Bosch presaged what other companies in their sectors were likely to suffer... - see whole article under today's date.
    [What's "to suffer"? This is job-security-maximizing employment and more of the most fundamental freedom, financially secure Free Time, which is exactly what technology was supposed to give us if we responded with timesizing and not downsizing, but our constant downsizing is finally forcing us to find an alternative if we're serious about wanting a recovery, which would require UPsizing, to which timesizing is friendly but downsizing is not.]
  2. Bosch cuts shifts to weather European car crisis, Deutsche Welle via dw.de
    BAMBERG, Germany - ...At Bosch's Bamberg production site, some 980 of the company's 7,300 employees will have to go on short-time work, the car industry supplier said Wednesday... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Better that than job loss and associated consumer spending decline, despite all the lame anglophone economists' attempts to spin this as workforce rigidifying while THEIR workforces disintegrate and consumer bases collapse.]
  3. Germany’s Wunderjahr in the Labor Market, and Lessons for the United States; by James Breedlove, Economer via economer.wordpress.com
    BOSTON(?), USA - Germany endured a large loss of 9% of GDP in 2009; however, somehow the country still managed to increase employment in that same year by 22,000 individuals to the surprise of many. That is a 0.05% rise in Germany’s total employment level. What policy brought about this imperious, though seemingly small, violation of Arthur Okun’s law? And, why in Germany? Answer: work sharing, or what German’s refer to as Kurzarbeit... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. The State of Working North Carolina: Policy Options for Addressing the Jobs Crisis, The Progressive Pulse via http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org
    RALEIGH, N.C., USA - ...A second important short-term solution geared specifically for the private sector involves promoting work-sharing policies among employers... Such a proposal helps businesses keep skilled workers, and contributes to a strong consumer demand for the goods and services produced by other private businesses. Work-sharing programs currently exist with strong employer support in 26 states, including Florida, Texas, and Arizona... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Labor Day Message: How a Shortened Workweek Could Create Jobs and Stimulate the Economy, HuffingtonPost.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...However, we seem to have taken a step backward in the workplace, because to most Americans, the 40-hour workweek seems like a thing of the past... What if I told you our nation could create jobs, achieve better work-life-balance, and improve worker productivity for businesses by shortening the workweek? It's not as farfetched as you might think. France instituted a 35-hour workweek in 2000, which experts say brought unemployment down and improved worker productivity. Many other advanced economies likewise have workweeks of 35 hours or less... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Now some good news happening in a bad way -]
  3. Yeovil hospital midwives get 'hours cut' text message, BBC News Somerset via bbc.co.uk
    YEOVIL, Somerset, UK - ...The group of "bank" [fill-in] midwives at Yeovil District Hospital each received the message saying their day shifts were being cut by just over two hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Now some bad-ominous but relevant-wakeup news -]
  4. BYOD Adds 20 Hours to the Traditional Workweek, MidsizeInsider.com
    ARMONK, N.Y., USA - The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has been at the forefront of the business industry. ...Few analysts expected the movement to produce a new generation of workaholics [but it did]. According to a Mobile Workforce Report released by iPass, smartphone-wielding employees are working an additional 20 hours per week--completely unpaid... - see whole article under today's date.
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    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Labor Day: Canadian Origins, American Traditions and the 40-Hour Workweek - The holiday was first observed by our neighbors up north, SouthGatePatch Latino via southgate.patch.com.com
    SOUTH GATE, Calif., USA - ...The Adamson Act, enacted in 1916, was the first United States federal legislation regulating the hours of workers in private companies. It established an 8-hour workday, with additional pay for overtime work, for railroad workers. Passed in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act protects workers by setting standards for minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping and youth labor. At the time, it set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents and the maximum workweek at 44 hours...
    [It set the maximum workweek at 42 hours in 1939 and 40 hours in 1940.]
    Today, the standard American workweek is [still] 40 hours—8 hours a day, 5 days a week. In the U.S., 85% of males and 66% of females work more than 40 hours per week [and rising]. According to the ILO, Americans work 137 more hours a year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours a year than British workers and 499 more hours a year than French workers... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Since it hasn't been adjusted for technological productivity leaps in over 70 years, disempowering massive hidden un- and under-employment is constantly undermining enforcement and raising the workweek further in America.]
  2. ISTAT - Istituto Nazionale di Statistica: : Large firms labour indicators, 4-traders.com
    ROME, Italy - ...In June 2012, the seasonally adjusted employment index in large firms decreased by 0.2% compared with May 2012; net of workers in cassa integrazione guadagni (Cig = short-time working allowance) decreased by 0.6%. The percentage change of the average of the last three months compared to the previous three months was -0.3% gross of Cig and -0.5% net of Cig... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Now for some bad, but very relevant news -]
  3. Troika Wants Six-Day Work Week for Greeks, Greek Reporter/Greece via greece.greekreporter.com
    ATHENS, Greece - A confidential email to the Greek Ministries of Finance and Labor, from international lenders putting up $325 billion in two bailouts to keep the economy from failing, states that Greeks should work six days a week and longer hours...
    [It's hard to believe that the Troika is this stupid-destructive-selfdestructive. But hey, at least they're seeking a solution in something so "simplistic" and "silly" as mere workweek re-sizing - though upsizing the workweek and coagulating employment concentrates the money supply in a smaller population, which depresses consumer spending and all the rest of the economy, because the wealthy spend, donate, in short, circulate, a smaller percentage of their money than any other bracket. You could say that the wealthy create recession - by coagulating the money supply beyond the point where there is enough marketable productivity to provide stable investments on the scale their wealth demands. Note that this explains why economic downturns are so easy and recoveries are so hard (the decision-making wealthy themselves are the problem but they own the media so you're never going to find out - and they themselves seldom realize it cuz they've got it all rationalized as an Act of God - hey, they're victims just like the rest of us, right, RIGHT?).]
    In the midst of a deep, five-year recession, with nearly two million people out of work [18.5% unemployed out of 2011 Greek population 10,787,690], the closing of 68,000 businesses so far, and the economy shrinking 7%, the Troika wants cuts of 5% in employer contributions to the national health insurance agency... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This amounts to economic genocide. Does the Troika really hate Greeks so much? Of course, the IMF has a lot of experience in its role as Typhoid Mary, ostensibly healing while infecting with worse... The Troika basically has their heads stuck in the 18th century before the industrial revolution. And the Greeks have yet to find those among them with the guts to stand up to these financier-assassins, these "economic hitmen," to adapt the phrase from the title of John Perkins' 2005 book.]
    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. Sequestration may yield employee furloughs, Army News via armytimes.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - Automatic, governmentwide budget cuts slated for Jan. 2 could force agencies to furlough or lay off employees... - see more of article under today's date.
    [Furlough OR lay off. More furloughs, less layoffs = Timesizing, not downsizing.]
  2. Payroll News & Advice - Kurzarbeit for the UK? Payroll-Help.com
    LONDON, Eng., U.K. - Her Majesty's Treasury Ministers are reported to be considering introducing European-style 'mini-jobs' as part of labour reforms, designed to create employment and boost the economy...- see whole article under today's date.
    [Hello, hello, this is the age of robotics. "Mini"-jobs is ALL THERE ARE for people today. The whole point of robots is that THEY will be doing the MAXI jobs, NOT US. Wake up and smell the coffee! Back in 1840 when 80-hour workweeks were routine, our current 40-hour jobs were "mini"-jobs.]
    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. WVCBP: Serious challenges ahead for WV economy, StateJournal.com
    CHARLESTON, W.Va., USA - ...The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy [WVCBP] released its State of Working West Virginia 2012 in honor of Labor Day weekend... In the report, a number of policy-based solutions are presented. The reforms proffered were expanding Medicaid, a severance tax future fund, work-sharing reform... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. LG Chem: Demand low, employees on rolling furloughs, HollandSentinel.com
    HOLLAND, Mich., USA - ...LG Chem Michigan Inc. has had employees stay home from work on "rolling furloughs" since June and plans to continue doing so until there's more demand for their product... LG Chem didn't know when employees would resume to being full time... - see whole article under today's date.
    [When are we going to wake up to the fact that "full time" is a lot less in the age of robotics because it has not been adjusted since before computers (1940).]
  3. Dalton State enrollment decline leads to budget cuts, CatWalkChatt.com via walkermessenger.com
    Dr. John Schwenn, president of Dalton State College, addresses faculty and and staff on current budget situation (photo caption)
    DALTON, Ga., USA - Dalton State College has scheduled two faculty and staff furlough days for this semester to neutralize shortfalls resulting from a decline in enrollment and cuts in state funding... - see whole article under today's date.