| ||Un(der)employed? Irked with all these eternal megaprobs & bored with the same ol' crises? Well here's one fully developed solution, Timesizing. Its 5 phases provide a pattern for upgrades & an improving regional, national & global future of 500 years. To save the world, you can't start with hunger: no one with money is hungry; you can't start with poverty: no one with a good job is poor. Take care of JOBS and the rest of the economy will take care of itself. This is the oldest & biggest website on achieving full employment. We have 10 years of quantitative & anecdotal data, with all standard objections answered. Most of our comments are qikis - saving the world has gotta be fun this time! We're retro & text-heavy but we load fast. Timesizing itself is an economic design for sustainable, market-based jobs by making the workweek lower while making high tech higher. See also our time trilogy.|
hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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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 -
AYLESBURY, Bucks., U.K. - ...The half-day programme, delivered in-house, covers the key contractual, statutory and practical aspects of these HR areas, addressing:... short time working & lay off - notification, statutory entitlements, right to request redundancy... - see whole article under today's date.
[Tossing short time working = worksharing in with layoffs neglects the fundamental difference between these two strategies that has undergirt Germany's current economic strength: short time working saves jobs and training costs, layoffs don't.]
WINNIPEG, Man., Canada - ...Wightman and Sacher have told city committees that they don't know exactly which of their staff would be deemed non-essential and therefore be subjected to the mandatory 3.5 unpaid days off between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day [every year starting next year]... The city's preliminary operating budget proposes to save $1.5 million per year through the festive furloughs, beginning in the 2014 holiday season... - see whole article under today's date.
[Better furlough than firing, timesizing than downsizing.]
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 those who believe in the "fixed lump of labor fallacy" based on the obviously infinite amount of work to be done, but there ain't an infinite amount of money to pay for it, and without pay, it ain't work - it's just hobby. 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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- face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour above) -
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- headlines from *Porter Sq. Books, Boston-Cambridge MA & updating from Kate's Kaffee in Boston-Somerville MA USA -
MAKEWORK in the news (archives) - too little, too late, too eco-stressful, too wasteful, too artificial, and all attacked at the root by full employment via emergency worksharing & permanent timesizing -
[= Economy-slowing forced charity from the poor to the rich based on bogus job-shortage pleading which should be handled by workweek adjustment. Again and again we see how well (LOL) these bailouts and special-interest taxbreaks from spooked or bribed legislators work - and keep on doing it. Even individual-level socialism doesn't work as bad as this corporate socialism. But it goes on and on -]
...to lure work that could...include thousands of jobs...
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - re-reversible with timesizing -
The parent of Airbus will cut 5,800 jobs as Europe's budgets tighten, New York Times, B1 pointer to B4.
[Better they should trim a few hours for everyone than total hours for 5800, and their ripple effects...]
wall of BANKRUPTCIES & CLOSURES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
Delusion in Detroit - No U.S. museum has ever been pressed to bail out its hometown, WS, D6 target article.
[= inevitable when the Fed keeps printing money, n'est-ce pas? And no chance for stronger growth when most of that $77,300,000,000,000 has swirled down the drain to less than 1% of the population and formed a black hole.]
[It's not a tide, it's a vortex, a funnel, a drain, a money compacter...]
[But so are states with GOP sabotage of federal government -]
[Some liberal paper, this! States need to collect more revenue from the wealthy who are just wasting it! As Milton Friedman says, you get less of what you tax, so do we really want less sales? But we could sure do with a few less megawealthy who aren't performing with their trillions anyway. Where's the "We'll get it right back to work creating jobs"?!]
[Russians prefer the Dark Ages? But then, so do our plutocrats via mergers.]
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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...
Timesizings 3rd way is centrist and deep green, not just light or pinkish green like the Green Party's grocery list of ad hoc, unintegrated & unprioritized issues. Timesizing satisfies the right with smaller government and bigger firmer markets & the left with a simpler stronger social safety net that makes the right clean up their own recessions instead of continuously inducing them by privatizing and concentrating profits & nationalizing and centrifuging losses. Our Timesizing solution is based on working models, American history (especially 1933), on economic design, on ecology, and on worktime economics, linguistics, Limits to Growth, and Buckminster Fuller. The deep green center is the future, and we strategize for the next 100-500 years, not just the next quarterly report or four-year presidential term. Our site is always under construction. *Asterisked links take you *outside our site.
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