Timesizing, Not Downsizing
Timesizing ®  not downsizing
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TIMESIZING means more jobs due to shorter hours, and higher pay cuz you give employees options. It means cutting workweeks to spread work (& markets), instead of cutting jobs (& markets!). Its emergency form, WORK SHARING, is already saving jobs. It's the missing plan of *youth,*women,*blacks,*UN,*ILO, *G8,*ClubofRome,*Bucky,*Chomsky, *Greens,*3rdWay,*WB,*IMF,*OECD...
This website is a day late & pound eccentric, but it translates what must be done into the interest of the super-rich. They think they're in touch, but inevitably they self-insulate-and- isolate. Why shouldn't things be easier for them? After all, they've got what we're all brainwashed to think is the ultimate goal, to get rich, duh. But today the money supply is so concentrated, there's too little outside the financial sector in superfast & diverse circulation to stabilize the value of the of the ma$$ive monetary 'black hole' inside the financial sector in relatively slow & big-chunk$ circulation. This website outlines a market-oriented way to reverse that clogging. It's the biggest & oldest website on achieving full employment without runaway inflation but with maximum consumer confidence, marketable productivity and solid investments. It's retro but it loads fast & has no ads. See also our backgrounders.
    December 19, 2014, Friday's news on Thur's events: more valium, based on trend-drowned up-arcs, from media moguls who can't cloak unsettling signs of a diagonally downward spiral, despite boost from overly forgiving economic indexes, all tracked in our doom du jour section right below our hope du jour = small beginnings of real recovery -

      hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
          (free consulting to writers interested in setting novels or plays with higher technology and lower workweeks, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
      Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, and despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized and yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses and governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
    1. Let's stop demonizing the 35-hour workweek - It has been beneficial, Liberation Economy via liberation.fr/economie
      PARIS, France - ...It bears repeating: we work more, on a weekly basis, in France than in Germany. To maintain the contrary, one must bend over backwards to avoid the consideration that full-time jobs [in Germany are mainly done by men]. And then quite simply, not to recognise the work done by women [is mainly part-time]... - see whole article under today's date.
      [So by exaggerating German women's employment to full-time on par with German men's employment, you wind up with an exaggerated figure for total German working hours?]
    2. When raising the minimum wage isn't enough, CNNMoney via money.cnn.com
      [Minimum wage is never enough and never a useful regulation - maximum workweek and overtime-to-jobs conversion should replace it everywhere.]
      BURLINGTON, Ver., USA - ...Increasing wages can also create a whole new set of problems, as Vermonters are realizing as they see their pay go up by a few cents or a dollar an hour. There's a "benefits cliff" that workers face, as they earn too much money to be eligible for state benefits -- but not enough to pay all their bills
      ... - see whole article under today's date.
      [Convert enough overtime into training and hiring and cut the state workweek to provide enough convertible overtime to provide full employment, as we should have been doing for the last 200 years since the start of the Industrial Revolution, and you DON'T NEED STATE BENEFITS! We can safely dismantle the whole municipal, state and federal mass of bureaucracies dedicated to making up for our rigid overlong workweek and the resulting marginalization of evermore of the workforce. And we don't need more or *younger "uber rich" - we need more human freedom for all. What do we do when the first young billionaire joins ISIS? Will we finally smarten up?]
    3. BONUS update - *System req’t? Hourscuts replace jobcuts else no markets for robots' output? by Phil Hyde, swt.me
      • 1st-largest-GDP, 3rd-pop, USA now has half its states with worksharing and plenty of *success stories, as USA moves toward a new part-time "normal" (meaning we should be lowering our legal definition of "full time" as high tech & under-employment rise - US Postal Service has recently saved itself by cutting hours, not locations, & now 1000s of US companies of over 50 employees are cutting to 29 hours/week to duck Obamacare premiums = right deed for wrong reason
      • 1st-largest-GDP, 3rd-pop, USA now has half its states with worksharing and plenty of *success stories, as USA moves toward a new part-time "normal" (meaning we should be lowering our legal definition of "full time" as high tech & under-employment rise - US Postal Service has recently saved itself by cutting hours, not locations, & now 1000s of US companies of over 50 employees are cutting to 29 hours/week to duck Obamacare premiums = right deed for wrong reason
      • In 1st-largest population, 2nd-largest GDP, China, the Hong Kong SAR is discussing a statutory workweek
      • In 2d-largest population, 9th-largest GDP, India, the big CITU union is pushing for 35-hour workweek
      • 4th-largest economy Germany was saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs &wages &markets &investment
      • 5th-largest economy France saved by electing 35-Hours-friendly Hollande & dumping workaholic Sarcozy
      • 9th-largest (incl.subnat'l) California moving to one furlough day a month to avoid layoffs
      • SWT (shorter worktime per person) has three advocates with economic PhDs inside the Washington DC beltway: Dean Baker at liberal CEPR who publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly; Kevin Hassett at conservative American Enterprise Institute who dishes bipartisan advocacy with Dean; and Bob LaJeunesse at the EEOC who wrote "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009; plus Jared Bernstein at CBPP whose PhD is in social welfare
      • SWT has an advocate at MIT: Engineering Prof. Nicholas Ashford presented "Crises in Employment, Consumption, Economic Growth & Environment: Can a *Shorter Workweek and Greener Economy Provide Relief?" in March 2013

      Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the corresponding willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it isn't, and doesn't, work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.

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Timesizing means full employment without makework, falling wages, or rising price levels.
How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy & a new worktime economics where, 100 years from now, people will be...
  • repeating our basic economic slogan - "No Overtime Alone!" - in other words, if a manager 'needs' overtime (OT), s/he either hires temps or makes sure the skill bottleneck behind OT gets opened up by setting up OT-targeted training
  • asking one another, "What's the workweek this month?" - in other words, work pressures are dynamically shared as incoming technology cuts their duration but boosts their stress
  • accommodating workoholics while blocking inflation, by unleashing "love to work" incentive (deflationary) while capping the money motive (inflationary), & balancing the two...
  • For over nine years (1999-2004 and 2009-), we at the Timesizing Wire have been tracking what's rancid beneath the "recovery" via the top 2 U.S. newspapers, the Wall St. Journal on the right & the New York Times on the left with occasional input from the London Economist on the right, the Boston Globe on the left, Canada's national paper, the Toronto Globe & Mail, and regional papers around Ottawa & Québec. We pick up timesizing stories mainly from Google News Search. From 2005 to 2008, we paused to establish a Canadian branch when the USA failed to dump the kamekazi Bush regime, and now that the US is back to the slower Democratic rate of self-deterioration, we've resumed our daily updates.
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    the problem, vs.
    the timesizing solution
             (in deteriorating stages)                               (in stepped enhancements)                    
  • long workweek; short vacation
  • clue 1
  • electronic democracy vs PACs & lobbyists
  • downsizing; makework
  • market reinvestment vs corporate welfare
  • takeoversbankruptcy;  prison
  • clue 2
  • job&wage insurance vs gov't jobs programs
  • unemployment homelessness
  • geared to problem vs emotional guesswork
  • vanishing retirement disability
  • clue 3
  • plugging leaks vs Stinnes and Malthus
  • suicides;  headlines from hell
  • transitions vs abrupt cures worse than disease

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