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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, & despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized & yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn & it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
BHOPAL, Mad.Prad., India: ...Official calculations reveal that in current status, employees work for 146 hours in a month. During [the proposed "shorter"] five-day week, working hours will increase to 180 a month... - see whole article under today's date.
[So they're trying for a longer workday and workmonth disguised as a shorter workweek. But doing the math, the current situation involves a workyear of 146x12= 1752 hours, or (divided by 52) an average workweek of 33.7 hours, while the proposed "shorter" workweek involves a workyear of 180x12= 2160 hours, or an average workweek of 41.5 hours. Glad the employees are wise to the brazen leap backward.]
[The name "Fair Workweek Act" promises, in combination with conversion of chronic overtime into training&hiring, a workweek that varies homoestatically and inversely with unemployment to maintain full employment and jobs for all - and maximum consumer spending and markets - however short a workweek that may require in the age of robotics. But in this case, alas that promise is not fulfilled -]
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., USA - ...The proposed act could require businesses to abandon just-in-time scheduling and instead schedule all workers several weeks out, as well as mandate sick leave accruals for some part-time employees... - see whole article under today's date.
[JIT scheduling of humans is too brutal anyway except in relation to temp-agency employees, but it is best corrected flexibly by market forces in response to a single adjustment that reduces the surplus of unemployed people seeking 40-hr/wk jobs of which there may have been plenty in 1940 when the 40-hour workweek came in, but of which there certainly aren't in 2015, 75 years later in the age of robotics.]
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 can't simply project a pre-computer 40-hour workweek indefinitely 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.
doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives incl. hope)
- here in the context of a robust solution (see hope du jour above), you can see the bad news and the impotence of today's "experts" as portrayed in the mainstream American narratives -
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- headlines from *Porter Sq. Bks, Cambridge MA & uploading from Kate's Kaffee, Somerville MA USA -
further *OVERPOPULATING *America relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & safetynet (if any) & fresh-water supplies &..&..&.., especially when tax dismissiveness by the wealthy has replaced stewardship - In a finite biosphere, every country should be moving to *steady-state migration (1998) or *replacement immigration (2010 update) *(one out, one in) & birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for its citizens' limits on population variables as in Timesizing's Phase 5 -
lootin'- & layoff-triggering TAKEOVERS in the news (archives) = prelude to downsizing, last refuge of shortsighted CEOs - Can't grow your market share with more clients? Buy another company's! Buy instead of build market share! Then see overlap & lay off more of your customers' customers! = a suicidal joke: Sustainable CEOs don't do Mergers&Acquisitions =M&A(s) except in cases of corporate extrèmis such as bankruptcy -
wall of CLOSINGS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
...The Beachcomber, a popular Quincy Mass. bar that's been a mainstay for music on the South Shore since 1959, has been sold and will shutter its doors in early September. [It] is the latest in a string of well-known venues closing in the Boston area.
T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge hosted its final show last week, capping a four-decade run, and
Johnny D's in Somerville recently announced it will end its 46-year history in early 2016...
non-market MAKEWORK & job desperation in the news (compare luddism in its waste of worksaving technology) (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too special-interest, too wasteful, too artificial or especially...too military, & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
[The job-desperate Big Nose pokes again.]
...because workplace policies have not caught up to changing expectations at home...
[In fact, workplace policies have slipped backward because the employee-disempowering surplus of anxious 40hr/wk job seekers is getting larger and larger.]
The plunge in crude prices wracked EXXON Mobil and Chevron, the U.S.'s biggest oil companies, as they reported their worst profits from oil and natural gas in more than 10 years...
[Ergo, deeper and deeper descent into feedback-poor plutocracy.]
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