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October, 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)
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it is the world's most common (but least publicized and never fully exploited) response to downturn, that's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. UPDATE 1 - Continental eyes output cuts after in-line profit, Reuters.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ..."The road ahead is getting bumpier," Schaefer said. Continental has not ruled out paring employees' working hours under government "Kurzarbeit" rules, he said. These provide a public subsidy to help companies avoid dismissals. But Continental will first cut back on overtime, Schaefer said... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Nokian planning to cut output at Finnish plant, Crain News Service via TireBusiness.com
    NOKIA, Finland — ...The agenda of the negotiations includes possible changes in the shift system and utilization of short-time working methods, the company said... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Check out these two videos!
    i. The Economics Toy Box in Watertown MA *nails the fact that as we redistribute the money supply upwards, it circulates slower because the more money you have, the smaller the percentage of it you spend, or donate, or even invest...in job-creating productivity. It all becomes mere economy-miring bragging.
    ii. A college English class at *Santa Clara U. explains how Timesizing raises wages, reverses the funneling of funds to the wealthiest wedge of society and gets the money supply back in circulation for a real and not-just-rhetorical 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. UPDATE 2 - MAN SE profit plunges as crisis bites, Reuters.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ...Once those steps have been exhausted, MAN may apply for subsidies under the German government's short-work programme, called "Kurzarbeit," the CEO said. The scheme allows companies to preserve jobs by cutting workers' hours when plant usage is low and have the government compensate staff for part of their lost wages... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. ISTAT - ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI STATISTICA : Large firms labour indicators, 4-traders.com
    ROME, Italy - ...In August 2012 the seasonally adjusted employment index in large firms is unchanged compared with July 2012 (-0.1% both in industry and in services); net of workers in cassa integrazione guadagni (Cig = short-time working allowance) decreased by 0.1% (-0.1% both in industry and in services). The percentage change of the average of the last three months compared to the previous three months was -0.3% gross of Cig and -0.6% net of Cig. The unadjusted employment index in large firms decreased by 0.9% compared with August 2011 (-1.7% net of Cig); the percentage change in the first eight months of the year 2012 with respect to the same period of 2011 was -0.8% (-1.4% net of Cig)... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS update - Check out these two videos!
    i. The Economics Toy Box in Watertown MA *nails the fact that as we redistribute the money supply upwards, it circulates slower because the more money you have, the smaller the percentage of it you spend, or donate, or even invest...in job-creating productivity. It all becomes mere economy-miring bragging.
    ii. A college English class at *Santa Clara U. explains how Timesizing raises wages, reverses the funneling of funds to the wealthiest wedge of society and gets the money supply back in circulation for a real and not-just-rhetorical 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. Petition to Applaud the Obama Administration for Supporting Work Sharing Programs, 10/28 ForceChange.com
    OAKLAND, Calif. - ...I am writing this letter to applaud your Department’s recent announcement of nearly $100 million in available federal grants to states for work sharing programs. This is a major domestic policy accomplishment for the Obama administration and for the well-being of the U.S. as a whole... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. A wired age spurs calls for a day off - Companies, groups say it's healthy to unplug, 10/29 Boston Globe, B7.
    CHICAGO, Illin., USA - Dan Rollman, CEO of RecordSetter.com, and others from the group Reboot created the Sabbath Manifesto, a call for a day to unplug from the constant use of technology. (photo caption) - see whole article under today's date.
  3. No shock, please: French government shies away from shaking up workweek, cutting labor costs; 10/29 AP via FoxNews.com
    PARIS, France – The 35-hour work week? Untouchable [like US Social Security]. The social safety net? Untrimmable [like US consumer spending unless deeper downturn desired]. So how on earth can France's Socialist government keep its promise to make the country, and Europe, more competitive in the global marketplace? Slowly and carefully... - see whole article under today's date.
    [No, with cleverly disguised import barriers like Switzerland and Japan and Iceland... Anyway, it's an unnecessary promise about an elite-driven but self-destructive goal.]
  4. BONUS update -Check out these two videos!
    1. The Economics Toy Box in Watertown MA *nails the fact that as we redistribute the money supply upwards, it circulates slower because the more money you have, the smaller the percentage of it you spend, or donate...
    2. An English class at *Santa Clara U. explains how Timesizing raises wages, reverses the funneling of funds to the wealthiest wedge of society and gets the money supply back in circulation for a real not just rhetorical 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. Long-shot candidate seeks seat over incumbent - Gerry Manata, a Democratic candidate who has progressive ideals, campaigns to unseat Katcho Achadjian, who has more money and recognition, San Luis Obispo Tribune via SanLuisObispo.com
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., USA - ...This progressive wish list belongs to Gerry Manata, the Paso Robles man whose run for California's newly formed 35th Assembly District looks as improbable as his hope for a 35-hour workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Grays Harbor Furlough Days Conflict With Election, KMAS News Radio via masoncountydailynews.com
    GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash., USA - ...It’s a simple matter of economics, and the County’s need to save money by scheduling unpaid furlough days for some employees; including those in the county auditor’s office. This could result in delayed election results... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Better to trim worktime than workforce & markets. But doesn't trimming worktime trim pay and markets? Not if it's done systemwide AND: slow enough to avoid bankrupting businesses and fast enough to create a wage-raising income-maintaining employer-perceived "shortage" of labor - which obviously requires a period of job mobility to take hold. = First time I've said this! /spelled out this timing issue. And the "system" can be as small as a single company or town, or as large as a planet. And it must be done first or any currency unification will be unsustainable and have as many problems as benefits.]
  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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
    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. 35-hour week claims denied, The Connexion via connexionfrance.com
    PARIS, France - ...French daily paper Le Parisien said several sources told them Louis Gallois, a former business chief and top civil servant tasked with the report by the prime minister, will advise complete removal of a fixed number of working hours... However the claims have been denied by Mr Gallois’s office. They said in a statement that: “The information in Le Parisien concerning a possible stance of Louis Gallois on the 35-hours, is incorrect.”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Funny finaglin' in French media.]
  2. Competitiveness Cacophony: Attack On France's Sacred Cow, BusinessInsider.com
    = French Are Freaking Out After Rumored Plan To Attack Their Sacred Cow (alt.header)
    PARIS, France - ...And one of the most bandied-about catchwords these days is “competitiveness”—entailing among others the cherished and untouchable 35-hour workweek, equally untouchable wages, and sky-high employer-paid payroll taxes and social security charges... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Hey, you can always raise rank&file "untouchable" wages if you want more domestic consumer-base spending and real recovery. But sacrifice your quality of life to join a race to the bottom? How dumb is that?! And so what if taxes are high if your getting tons of public services, unlike USA where roads and bridges are going to hell, railways suck, and post offices, libraries and halfway houses are closing right and left. And as for a 35-hour workweek being radical in the age of robotics, get real! The U.S. Senate passed a 30-hour workweek in 1933 and some of our most conservative industries, like insurance and academe, had 35-hour workweeks half a century ago. If long hours are so competitive, why don't we go to unregulated hours like China so we too can start jumping off the roof of our factories like the suicidal burnouts at Foxconn in Shenzhen?! And who cares about trade competitiveness - its benefits are deteriorating in this global "soft spot" and are mixed blessings at the best of times! Why keep sacrificing the 70% of our economy that is consumer-base spending for the 17% that's exports?! Let's get off the broken record on this!]
  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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
    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. Germany Has Outperformed the U.S. Because of Work Sharing, by Dean Baker, CEPR via BusinessInsider.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - Nicholas Kristoff uses his NYT column today to [make] the basic point that austerity will lead to slower growth and higher unemployment [and places "austere"] Germany as a basket case alongside the U.K... [But] Germany is primarily feeling the effects of budget cuts in the other euro zone countries... The effect has been to sharply slow Germany's growth, although since the start of the recession, Germany's growth has been roughly equal to that of the United States (somewhat higher on a per capita basis)... In spite of having comparable [slower] growth, the unemployment rate in Germany is more than 2 full percentage points below its pre-recession level. By contrast, the unemployment rate in the United States is 3.3% above its pre-recession level. The difference is that Germany encourages employers to reduce workers' hours rather than lay them off... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Drop 35-hour week: government report, TheLocal.fr
    PARIS, France - A new government report on international French business competitiveness has suggested ending the the 35 hour working week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Sacrifice your domestic consumer spending and efficiency (lots more unemployed people will result from unspreading the natural market-demanded employment!) over which you have some control for ONE and only ONE of your industries, EXPORTS, where you have NO CONTROL over demand? How stupid is that! The dopey French still don't realize that the 35 Hours is actually a more advanced form of the German Kurzarbeit they so admire, and they need to go down to 32 or 30 Hours now to max employment, wages and spending, and lose their residual dependency on their toxic and parasitic export industry that just wants to join the global race to the bottom.]
  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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
    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. Woodford County manufacturer to cut hours, combine shifts, Bloomington Pantagraph via pantagraph.com
    ROANOKE, Illin., USA – Parsons Co. has reduced employees’ workweek to 32-35 hours through the end of the year, temporarily combined its 2d and 3rd shifts, and will shut down most manufacturing operations between Xmas and New Year’s Day, the company announced this week. The slowdown follows similar slowdowns by its client, Caterpillar, at some of its Central Illinois facilities as demand wanes in the current economy. “Once targeted inventory levels are achieved, normal hours of operation are expected to resume,” the company said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Cutting and adding hours instead of firing and hiring is independently reinvented thousands of times a week in every recession. Now we need to standardize this practice even during the "good" times so the "good" times don't quietly keep getting less and less good.]
  2. Today in labor history: The 40-hour workweek, People's World via peoplesworld.org
    CHICAGO, Illin., USA - On October 24, 1940, the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act... For millions, a movement to bring back the 40-hour workweek is actually needed today. Due to high unemployment...many who are lucky enough to have a job work up to 60 or more hours when their bosses say it's needed. No one knows better than the workers themselves the harm this can do to personal and family life, health, overall wellbeing and just about every other aspect of our lives... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Nevermind "dealing from a weak hand" and crying for pity. Totally unnecessary today now that's it's more and more obvious that a workweek automatically adjusting for technological productivity to maintain full employment and maximum consumer spending is an absolute SYSTEM REQUIREMENT, and nothing but a purely rhetorical economic recovery will happen till it is implemented.]
  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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
    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. Nick on Politics: Part 2 -- An Election Primer, Bay Net via thebaynet.com
    CALVERT COUNTY, Md., USA - ...A work-sharing program would provide a unique approach to extending unemployment insurance. For example, if an employer chooses work sharing over layoffs there would be an alternative to receiving unemployment, and or government extension of unemployment. This way beneficiaries can retain benefits while developments reduce the number seeking UI benefits... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Let's Bring Back the 40-hour Work Week, The Savvy Intern via youtern.com
    infographic posted by ComeRecommended
    CARSON CITY, Nev., USA - ...Years of research proves working longer hours does not correlate with increased productivity in the long-run... - see whole article under today's date.
    [because the longer the human job hours in the age of robotizing jobs, the fewer the human jobs, and the more the downsizing of the consumer base, consumer spending and foundational consumer markets via the employment basement. Robots don't buy stuff. Ergo, no market for increased productivity? = no point in the productivity. The only productivity or productivity increases that matter are MARKETABLE productivity and MARKETABLE productivity increases, and keep downsizing instead of timesizing and guess what! = less MARKETABILITY.]
  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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
    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. Obamacare's rhetoric vs. its reality, 10/21 Washington Post
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – ...But the BLS defines part time as less than 35 hours a week; Obamacare’s 30 hours a week was presumably adopted to expand insurance coverage. There are now 10 million workers averaging between 30 and 34 hours a week. To the BLS, they are part-time; under Obamacare, they’re full-time... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Morehouse plans to furlough employees, cut budget, 10/22 AP via NorthJersey.com
    ATLANTA, Ga., USA — ...Interim Provost Sheftall told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Atlanta college has 2,360 students, or about 125 fewer than projected. He blamed the drop in enrollment on a poor economy and changes to a federal loan program for students... Faculty and managers will have to take five or fewer furlough days... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Timesizing, not downsizing!]
  3. BONUS squib - George McGovern, 1922-2012 - A prairie liberal, trounced but never silenced, 10/22 NYT, A1.
    [In late 1980s, McGovern advocated converting government overtime into jobs.]
    The lost world of George McGovern - ...Prairie populism.., op ed by Josh Garrett-Davis, NYT, A23.
  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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
    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. Obamacare Calls 30 Hours of Work per Week 'Full Time', CNSnews.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA – A little-known section in the ObamaCare health reform law defines “full-time” work as averaging only 30 hours per week... “The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week,” section 1513 of the law reads. (Scroll down to section 4, paragraph A.)... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. How much flexibility do we have to set up alternative workweek schedules? BusinessManagementDaily.com
    McLEAN, Va., USA - ...If a health care employer establishes an alternative workweek schedule, the normal overtime rules won’t apply for affected employees. Instead, nonexempt employees will be entitled to one-and-one-half their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek and double time for all hours worked in excess of 12 in a work day... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Germany Is Barreling Headlong Into A Painful Inflation Trap, BusinessInsider.com
    BRUSSELS, E.U. - ...And the next 12 months? SMS Holding GmbH was currently using overtime to keep up, he said, but with orders for 2012 dropping to €3 billion, capacity utilization will fade, and the company might have to shift to part-time work (Kurzarbeit) next year. He couldn’t give a forecast; the situation was “too uncertain,” he said, but for 2013, “we’re pessimistic.”...
    - 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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
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  1. Is the 15-hour work week closer than we think? Marketplace.org
    BRISBANE, Qld., Australia - ...Prof. John Quiggin's an economist at Queensland University in Brisbane Australia and author of "Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us." He looked into the 15-hour work week and found that part of the problem lies in an increase in consumption that Keynes hadn't predicted... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And that was the result of a deliberate policy of CEOs in the 1920s and after - to distract labor from its power issue of workweek reduction and More Leisure/Free Time (= the most basic freedom) by pushing the Gospel of Consumption. See Ben Hunnicutt's great history of the Great Depression, Work Without End.]
  2. Your friend who claims to have a 75-hour work week? He's probably lying; WashingtonPost.com (blog)
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...The New York Times’ Catherine Rampell flags this Bureau of Labor Statistics report that explores the gap between how much people think they work and how much they actually work. It finds that, on average, Americans overestimate how much time they spend toiling away in a cubicle by 5-10%... Those who work the longest hours are prone to the greatest exaggeration...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS squib - 35-Hour Weak, eurekareport.com.au
    MELBOURNE, Vic., Australia - Full-time and part-time employment diverged in the global financial crisis, with full time growth much weaker on an index where January 2007 is 100.
  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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
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  1. Govt needs to act on working hours: union, AAP via TheAustralian.com.au
    SYDNEY, N.S.W., Australia - ...NSW's peak union body says with 25% of full-time workers doing more than 50 hours work per week, a government taskforce should be set up to examine the issue... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Take Back the 40-hour Work Week, itbusinessedge.com
    MELBOURNE, Vic., Australia - ...Let’s stop complaining about technology “taking over our lives,” use it to our advantage, get business done during the 40 hours a week allotted for work, and leave the 50-hour workweek for the slackers... - 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
    • 6th-largest economy, France, saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic dinoSaurcozy
    • 9th-largest economy, California, moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50% of the states
    • US Postal Service recently saved by cutting hours, not locations, as in 1932 when cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
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  1. Reminder: Friday is state furlough day, Statesman Journal (blog) via community.statesmanjournal.com/blogs
    [= trimming workweek, not workforce.]
    SALEM, Ore., USA - Michelle Dennehy, the wildlife communications coordinator for the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, sent out a reminder that Friday is a furlough day for state offices. That means if you’ve got business with Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon State Marine Board, Parks and Rec. etc., procrastination is not your friend this week if you plan to head out this weekend... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. A missed opportunity to save Hoosier jobs, Indiana Institute for Working Families via Martinsville & Morgan County Reporter-TImes via reporter-times.com
    FRANKLIN, Ind., USA - ...Work sharing is a voluntary unemployment insurance program that targets jobs preservation by providing employers with an alternative to layoffs during times of decreased demand. Typically, if a firm sees a 20% decrease in demand; it would lay off 20% of its workforce. Under work sharing, the employer has the option to decrease pay for a particular line or department within the firm by 20% for a short period of time — usually about 6 months or until demand picks up. The 20% loss incurred by the employee is partially made up by the state—usually half... - 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 cut from 48 to 44 hrs/wk
    • SWT (shorter worktime/person) has advocate with econ PhD in DC: Dean Baker - publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly
    • SWT has 2nd econ PhD in DC: American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Hassett - forms bipartisan team with Dean Baker
    • SWT has 3rd econ PhD in DC: EEOC's Bob LaJeunesse, penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
    • Michigan and Ohio getting state-level worksharing = cutting hours, not jobs&mkts, giving us 50 percent of the states
    • France saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping dinoSaurcozy, another insane imitator of Bushwhacked USA
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  1. The Lilly Ledbetter Act exacerbates gender gap, discourages hiring, Virginia Tech Collegiate Times via collegiatetimes.com
    BLACKSBURG, Va., USA - ...The Department of Labor considers full-time employment to be 35 or more hours per week. Men are more likely to work more hours, while women are more likely to work less than 35 hours per week. In 2009, 66.6 percent of American workers working less than 35-hour workweeks were women. In comparison, just 45.1 percent of workers logging more than 35 hours a week were men... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So why are we always spinning France as radical or "famously leisurely" for having a 35-hour workweek?]
  2. Pan-democrats push for standard working hours law - Lawmakers want 40- to 44-hour standard week and employees who work longer to be paid 1½ times their usual wage, South China Morning Post (subscription) via scmp.com
    HONG KONG, China - ...Pan-democratic parties have joined hands to push for a "long overdue" law on standard working hours that they say is on the statute books in 130 countries and regions, including Taiwan... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Time's Up for Post Offices; Plan Would Cut Hours, 10/14 Wheeling News-Register via TheIntelligencer.net
    VALLEY GROVE, W.V., USA - ..."I would rather they cut Saturdays than cut people's jobs," McCoy said... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Drilling Company's Change to Workweek Didn't Violate FLSA, Eighth Circuit Rules; 10/15 Bloomberg News Assoc. via BNA.com
    ARKANSAS, USA - ...In a memo to employees, the company stated: “There will be no adjustment to your work week, which will remain from Tuesday-Monday [but] you will begin to have a reduction in overtime hours as your work week will be split into 2 payroll periods”... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Toyota retirees to get option of 'half-time' working hours, 10/15 The Yomiuri Shimbun via The Daily Yomiuri Online via yomiuri.co.jp
    TOYOTA CITY, Aichi Pref., Japan - ...The "half-time" system is a response to the growing number of employees who hope to continue working after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60, and is one option the automaker plans to implement to aid employment among its retired staffers. If the experiment goes smoothly, Toyota will consider introducing the system at all of its plants, the sources said... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Work sharing: why? how? how not.... Economic Papers No. 42, 10/15 Université Catholique de Louvain via EU Commission Working Documents via Archive of European Integration via University of Pittsburg via aei.pitt.edu
    LOUVAIN, Belgium, EU - ...As soon as it became clear to Europeans that the recession born in the mid-70s was going to be severe and protracted, some of them became concerned with the prospects for redistributing work over people so as to reduce the extent of involuntary unemployment, i.e. with the prospects for work sharing. That was not an innovation. A similar concern had arisen in the 30s, leading to the dramatic unsuccessful attempt by the Front Populaire to impose abruptly a 40 hours week in France... - see intro & summary under today's date.
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  1. Social Security cutting hours to trim spending, Baltimore Sun via articles.baltimoresun.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — ...A spokesman for the agency said he did not know how much money the reduction in hours would save, but the move was intended to target overtime costs. Employees can be forced into overtime when benefit applicants arrive just before closing; the screening process can take more than an hour... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Everydayonomics - Keynes got it wrong, but he has a point, Brisbane Times via brisbanetimes.com.au
    BRISBANE, Qld., Australia - ...In a paper written in 1930 called Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, Keynes mused about what working life would be like 100 years into the future. He argued that rising productivity and growing living standards would allow us to work much less... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Rising productivity certainly does give us the capability of working much less. However, the capability has to be deliberately pursued by cutting work hours rather than freezing long hours and cutting the work force and consumer base, as we've done. "Growing living standards" in this context is irrelevant. The fact that we have made all jobs insecure by downsizing instead of timesizing in response to rising productivity has meant a decline in living standards, the most glaring example being the fact that it now takes two working parents to support the family instead of one.]
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  1. Mr Chicken cuts hours to stave off closure, BermudaSun.bm
    HAMILTON, Bermuda - ...David and Beryl Furbert, who own Hamilton’s Mr Chicken, said a combination of recession and the high cost of doing business in the city forced a change. Now the restaurant will only open from 11am to 8pm Monday to Thursday, instead of throwing open its doors for breakfast at 7am. But the fried chicken outlet will now stay open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, starting from tonight... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. PCB Aquatic Center Cuts Hours [but not jobs?] Despite Resident Opposition, WJHG-TV via wjhg.com
    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., USA - ...Currently the pool is open 13 hours a day, from 6 am to 7 pm, but the new hours that will take effect in early November will open the pool at 11 am, cutting it to an 8 hour day - a change many swimmers say is a grave mistake... City manager Mario Gisbert brought up several comparisons to other cities. "Everyone around us has winter hours, we're not doing something that's above and beyond what the other municipalities are doing, we're just trying to do something to help keep our budget balanced." - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Work in your garden, not the office: Benefits of a four day work week, Metro.us
    LONDON, Great Britain - We should be gardening instead of working on Friday, a British think-tank has claimed. The National Gardening Leave report from the New Economics Foundation demands that employers introduce a four-day week and growing areas for staff to tend... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Town staff offers input on budget, Caledon Citizen
    CALEDON, Ont., Canada - ...The 11 staffers came up with 23 suggestions. They included going to work sharing for a four-day week for all non-union staff; reviewing memberships in organizations.., reviewing subscriptions.., sending information..by email [not] regular mail, retrofitting washrooms with LED bulbs and motion sensors, retrofitting..service areas to require fewer lights... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Hey, worksharing is making it up to the top of the list!]
  3. Low working hours for Irish employees, Cork News via thecorknews.ie
    DUBLIN, Eire - Irish workers throughout the European Union put in some of the lowest weekly working hours in Europe last year, with the European Labour Force survey showing a 38.4-hour working week for Irish full-time employees... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. The new normal workweek: 28 to 29.5 hours, World Magazine via worldmag.com
    ORLANDO, Fla., USA - ...The “Affordable Care” Act, aka Obamacare, stipulates that large companies will face heavy fines unless they provide “affordable” health insurance to employees working an average of at least 30 hours per week. Even those who aren’t rocket scientists can figure out the next step: Make sure most employees max out at 29.5 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [If shorter hours happens too slowly and uncoordinatedly to create a wage&spending-raising, employer-perceived labor shortage and wages are still going down and the money supply is still funneling up to the 0.01% and coagulating, we have the option of letting the poverty rate control the workweek: too much poverty? adjust the workweek further down. And if employers complain that the workweek is getting too short to manage, switch from the poverty rate controlling the workweek to the poverty rate controlling income per week (or per month) per person. In other words, Netherlands' failing attempt to centrifuge the money supply by beefing up part-time pay and benefits instead of redefining full-time downward can be turned into a transition strategy for going from the Timesizing Program to the next program in the strategic order.]
  2. Rash decision, Frederick News Post (subscription) via fredericknewspost.com
    FREDERICK, Md., USA - ...Apparently Commissioner Billy Shreve has been stewing about the county's 35-hour workweek, and proposed upping it to 40 hours: "I think the reality is that America bases its workweek on a 40-hour week," Shreve announced during an interview after the BoCC meeting... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Except for all the industries that base on 35 hours like insurance and academe, plus all those that are trying to duck paying benefits by going to less than 30, like the ones in the previous article.]
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  1. Blue Door cuts hours due to business decrease, DePauw University Student Newspaper via TheDePauw.com
    GREENCASTLE, Ind., USA - For the Blue Door Café, the introduction of Starbucks to Greencastle has not been an ideal business situation. Prior to October 4, the Blue Door was open 7am-9pm seven days a week. However, now the local business closes at 4, except on Wednesdays, when they close at 9. “We didn’t have enough business to support staying open beyond four,” Dennis Furr, one of the owners..said. “Seems like right now our small business is getting affected by the importation of a big business in our community.”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Cutting hours, not jobs, is reinvented thousands of times a day every day across the world by businesses under stress.]
  2. Toronto EMS paramedics refuse overtime - City must hire 200 more EMS workers to keep up with increasing call volume, union official says, Toronto Star, GT8.
    TORONTO, Ont., Canada - ...Paramedics decided to refuse overtime at an emergency meeting last Wednesday... They then took their names off an overtime contact list indefinitely... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Short-time workers double in German metals sector, Expatica Germany via expatica.com/de
    BERLIN, Germany - ...The Gesamtmetall employers association confirmed a report in the daily Bild that 29,500 staff were working shorter hours for less pay last month -- twice the number in August -- as firms in Europe's top economy weather tougher times... Short-time work in Germany traditionally involves the state paying 60-67% of workers' net salary for six months... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. UK Small Businesses Enjoy Less Regulation, Shorter Work Week, London Daily Telegraph via Reason.com
    LONDON, U.K. - British small business owners work fewer hours than their counterparts in the US, Germany, Spain, France and the Netherlands, researchers have claimed. A survey of 3,000 small companies across the six countries found that British entrepreneurs have the shortest working weeks, clocking up an average of 38.5 hours a week, while Germans have the longest, at more than 47 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The Brits have this backwards. Why wouldn't you want to work harder/longer on your own stuff?]
  5. Lithuania has the second shortest workweek in the EU – 39.6 hours, The Baltic Course via baltic-course.com
    RIGA, Latvia – Latvian residents working full-time in their main job have an average workweek of 40.6 hours, which is the 7th lowest figure across the European Union member states... The average workweek in Lithuania is 39.6 hours a week – the 2d shortest workweek in the EU... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Aleo solar introduces reduced working hours, 10/08 pv magazine via pv-magazine.com
    PRENZLAU, Germany - ...The Germany-based company has introduced reduced working hours from October 1 at its factory in Prenzlau. Company spokesman, Hermann Iding told pv magazine that aleo solar and the workers' council have taken the measure to ensure job security... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Freightliner furloughs begin today, 10/08 WSOCtv via GastonGazette.com
    MOUNT HOLLY, N.C., USA — About 2,600 people in Gaston County will have to take a week off work starting Monday without pay. Freightliner is forcing workers in Mount Holly to take the time off because demand for the trucks they build dropped by half in just two months... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Yep, nuthin quite like FORCING them workers to work less when there's no demand for it and they might find a company all set up for selling it useful again next week instead of bankruptin' the company this week. If they united to spread this furlough across many partial workmonths instead of taking it all in one week, maybe their managers would get a little less black and white, get a little more predictably gray, and maybe even hire some more of their own hoped-for markets out of our millions of downsized, "disabled," welfare, etc. populations. And here's a real popular Wrong Reason for doing the Right Thing -]
  3. Restaurant Chain Cuts Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs, 10/08 NewsMax.com
    ORLANDO, Fla., USA - A major restaurant group is experimenting with cutting its employees hours in the hopes of cutting the costs of healthcare. Darden Restaurants, which owns the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Yard House chains has stopped offering full-time schedules to hourly workers, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The company plans to offer a maximum of 28 hours per week per employee... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Ferry Crash Highlights Industry's Woes, 10/07 Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    HONG KONG, China — Concerns over long work hours for ferry crews after last week's deadly crash highlight the difficulty in this Chinese city of attracting new talent to the industry, an unusual paradox given Hong Kong's historic role as a global shipping center... - see more of article under today's date.
  5. SSTA union suspends 'work to contract', 10/08 BBC News via bbc.co.uk/news
    EDINBURGH, Scotland - ...The Scottish Secondary Teachers Association had been conducting a "work to contract" since May. Union members were not carrying out any work beyond their contracted 35-hour week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It's OK for the Scots to have a 35-hour hour workweek, but mention it in the context of France and suddenly it's "those lazy uncompetitive high-tax French!"]
  6. Rulings go against employers using 'fluctuating' workweeks to cut overtime costs, 10/08 Pittsburgh Post Gazette via post-gazette.com
    [Here's the clearest presentation of this issue yet -]
    HARRISBURG, Pa., USA - ...Here's how the math shakes out: If a worker gets a weekly salary of $400, under Pennsylvania law that means the wage is $10 an hour for a 40 hour week. So the worker who earns $400 a week, and works 10 hours of overtime, should be paid an extra $150 (time and a half) for the extra 10 hours, for a total of $550 that week. Under the same scenario, with a fluctuating work week, that base salary would be tabulated $8 at an hour -- $400, divided by 50 hours worked. Overtime would then be calculated at a time-and-a-half rate, or 150 percent of the $8 hourly rate, meaning overtime wages are $12 an hour, not $15. The result is that an employee on a "fluctuating work week" would be paid $440 total -- $320 in "regular" wages, and $120 in overtime, but just $40 "extra" that week... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. How to row your financial lifeboat - Reset priorities if a job loss looms, MarketWatch via articles.marketwatch.com
    BOSTON, Mass., USA — My friend Steve called me earlier this week; he had time on his hands, as he was spending the week on furlough from his job. The move saved his job... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Short-time working to avoid redundancies, Scroll via Acas.org.uk
    LONDON, U.K. - ...When demand is dipping, how can employers bridge the shortage of work without having to make redundancies? No employer wants to lose staff with valuable skills, knowledge and experience often gained over many years at that place of work. One option is to ask employees to reduce their hours with the aim of spreading the shortfall between numbers so that no-one has to be let go... - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. France looks to upend school year traditions, CBSnews.com
    PARIS, France — ...It may sound a bit like the famously leisurely work pace enjoyed by their parents, most of whom work 35 hours per week as dictated by law... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Oh please. More American hypocrisy about the 35-hour workweek being radical "famous leisure." Our most conservative industries, insurance and academe, had 35-hour workweeks FIFTY YEARS AGO, and a 30-hour workweek passed the US Senate nearly EIGHTY YEARS AGO. The fact that we're not down to 28 or 24 hrs/wk by now is just testimony to our group masochism and stupidity - with massive resulting oveproduction-underconsumption dysfunction for our pathetic economies.]
  2. Putting a little cold water on the September jobs report, LAobserved.com
    LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA - ...Workers told the Labor Department they took part-time work (usually 35 hours of less) because of slack business conditions or because it was the only job offered. Part-time jobs now account for 6% of all jobs, double their share before the Great Recession... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So again shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way], because generally too slowly and unsystemically to maintain employment, wages and spending.]
  3. Working hours in Bulgaria slightly above EU average, SofiaGlobe.com
    SOFIA, Bulgaria - ...The longest weekly working hours for full-time employees were in the UK [economy in the toilet] (42.2 hours), Austria [toilet?] (41.8), Cyprus [toilet?] and Portugal [toilet!] (both 41.1), and the shortest in Denmark (37.7) [toilet?], Ireland [toilet!] (38.4), Italy [toilet!] (38.8) and the Netherlands (39.0) [flyin'high]. In all EU member states, men had longer working hours than women among full-time employees... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Basically ALL these economies need to either GET emergency worksharing, or move on from worksharing to permanent timesizing with shorter workweeks to maximize employment and domestic consumer spending.]
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  1. Cummins reduces workweek for unionized workers at Columbus plant, Indianapolis Star
    COLUMBUS, Ind., USA - ...Cummins said 350 of 512 workers at the plant are affected by the reduction from five to four workdays a week. The move reflects “weakening global economic conditions” that have slowed orders for its truck engines and other power systems products, the Columbus-based company said. No layoffs were made. “Our goal is to minimize the effect on our employees,” said Cummins spokesman Jon Mills... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Is America a country of part-timers? – Capital Economics, NASDAQ via community.nasdaq.com
    BARCELONA, Spain - ...He notes that the percentage of part time workers rose to a 30 year high at 20%, a percentage he equates to an extra 3.4m employees working part time involuntarily mostly as they can't find full time work... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So shorter hours are happening anyway, but too slowly and unsystemically to maintain employment, wages and spending.]
  3. ..Cities with the longest [and shortest] working hours, Rediff.com
    BASEL, Switzerland - ...In terms of shortest working hours, Western European cities still lead the field with an average of 1,757 hours annually, followed by Eastern Europe with 1,829 hours, Oceania with 1,849 hours and North America with 1,904 hours. The average of all 72 cities surveyed is 1,915 hours per year; annual working hours are below this figure in all Western European cities... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. The Truth Behind the 4-Hour Workweek Fantasy, Harvard Business Review blog network via blogs.hbr.org (blog)
    BOSTON, Mass., USA - ...I had to obliterate my schedule for three weeks to recover from sinus surgery... My downtime helped me realize the acuteness of many professionals' desperation; they're miserable, overworked, and hungry for morsels like Tony Schwartz's recent HBR piece, "More Vacation is the Secret Sauce.".. [So] how exactly does Tim Ferriss pull off a "4-hour workweek"? He doesn't. As he declares in this blog post about his schedule, "the goal was never to be idle...The goal is to spend as much time possible doing what we want..." - see whole article under today's date.
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  1. Work sharing: New developments during the Great Recession and beyond, seven scholarly articles plus conclusion in book form, International Labour Organization (publisher) via ILO.org
    GENEVA, Switzerland - Table of Contents... (3) European diversity of work sharing as a crisis measure - The experiences of Austria, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, by Jörg Flecker and Annika Schönauer... (4) Work sharing in Japan, by Kazuya Ogura... - see whole contents under today's date.
  2. Sweden: Suppliers ask for bridging loans and short-time work backing, Just-Auto.com
    LONDON, U.K. - ..."We are trying to convince our government...to prepare for the next slowdown as you did in the UK..," FKG managing director, Fredrik Sidahl, told Just-Auto. "We need to [have] some labour rules such as they have in Germany, such as short-time working. The Swedish government is prepared to take that decision - the unions are sticking behind it but someone has to to press the button."... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Rethinking the Work Week, Worldwatch Institute via worldwatch.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Currently, most employment structures, like the American system, do little to “share” work. Instead, productivity growth is decoupled from hours worked, and employers pay benefits per person rather than per hour. This model results in a society of higher unemployment... - see whole article under today's date.
    [and less than maximum consumer spending = a weakening 70% of the economy, not to mention a joke of a definition for "productivity" in terms of per person regardless of hours per week rather than a valid definition by person-hour.]
  4. Greek enterprises cut salaries and working hours in order to survive under the huge pressure of the financial crisis, Ekathimerini via Balkans.com
    ATHENS, Greece - ...In the second quarter of the year.., reducing working hours was an option chosen by 25% of companies as a means of cutting labor costs over the next three months, while only 5% responded by saying that they had already implemented the measure...
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  1. Polish firms begin tightening their belts - Companies are cutting hours and hiring, as Poland's economy hits the brakes, Warsaw Business Journal via wbj.pl
    WARSAW, Poland - ...“In the second quarter, business owners cut work hours, on average, by an hour a week compared to the previous quarters,” said Maria Drozdowicz-Biec' from the Office of Investment and Economic Cycles. These are some of the first moves made by firms in times of a slowdown, which – according to macroeconomic indicators and economists – is beginning to hit... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Next, a really bizarre reason for reducing working hours -]
  2. Lawmaker: Air Force changes policies after scandal, AP via SeattleTimes.com
    AUSTIN, Tex., USA - The Air Force is responding to a sex scandal at its training headquarters by reducing instructors' working hours and cracking down on even those who swear at recruits, a lawmaker said Tuesday... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Despite employee challenges, courts find fluctuating workweek method proper for calculating overtime pay, CCH Employment Law Daily via employmentlawdaily.com
    RIVERWOODS, Illin., USA - In the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1942 landmark decision in Overnight Motor Transp Co v Missel, the fluctuating work week method for calculating overtime compensation was first recognized...The FWW method is used primarily by employers whose employees may be called upon to work a fluctuating number of hours each week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Compare Timesizing's "fluctuating adjustment of the workweek against unemployment," in Walter Reuther's terminology, which "fluctuates" rarely more frequently than yearly or halfyearly.]
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  1. 30 Eastern Connecticut post offices to have hours cut, NorwichBulletin.com
    NORWICH, N.L.Cnty, Conn., USA - ...Most of the offices selected will drop from the eight daily window hours seen at all the offices to six, but some are facing more severe cuts. A few will be cut to four, and Gilman PO in Bozrah CT and Ballouville PO in Killingly CT are each slated to go to two hours of window service daily, according to the Postal Service. A debt of $13 billion is forcing USPS to make big changes... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Five-day workweek would definitely boost productivity, Okaz newspaper via SaudiGazette.com.sa
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - ...In clearer terms, there have been concerted efforts to remove impediments with regard to solving the unemployment problem and achiev[ing] sustainable development. In this context, Minister of Labor Adel Fakieh recently spoke about actions and measures to be taken with regards to giving private sector employees 2 days off a week with the eventual goal of adopting a 5-day workweek across the country... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. The 35 hour workweek is not as simple as "only working 35 hours", Hacker News via ycombinator.com
    PARIS, France - ...It is the case for blue-collar workers (French: "ouvriers") but things are less rigid [=enforced] for white-collar workers and management (Fr: "cadres"). "Ouvriers" are paid by the hour and "Cadres" per day. All engineers working in IT should have a "cadre" contract, so they do not really count their hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Cadres are like the "exempt from overtime" aka "management" category in the U.S. and they both get the same answer: "shadow time accounting": if consultants can keep track of their billable time, managers can keep track of their on-the-job time and French "cadre" contractors can certainly keep track of their billable time. This is not a new problem. We have 100 years' experience dealing with it between 1840 and 1940 when we jerked the workweek down from over 80 hours a week to 40. And this kind of time accountability is the key to emergency worksharing and permanent timesizing, without which economies will split into fewer and fewer unlimited-workhour burnouts producing evermore unmarketable output, and more and more disemployed dependents hidden in a variety of categories such as unemployed, on-welfare, disabled, incarcerated, homeless, suicidal, living with parents, and of course, self-employed with no clients.]