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– 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, no one's noticing it. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper of the list itself. 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 -
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa., USA — ...down from the 14 that the Pentagon advised would be needed, and only half of the 22 days originally anticipated, according to a statement released by the Army Depot... The furlough is scheduled to begin July 8 at the rate of one furlough day per week through the end of the current fiscal year, Sept. 30... Hagel continued by saying that these steps were not enough to close the shortfall of more than $30 billion in the Operation & Maintenance accounts, which are used to pay most civilian employees, maintain military readiness and respond to global contingencies...
[Then why is he reducing the number of furlough days? At any rate, so far he seems to be cutting the workweek, not the workforce = timesizing, not downsizing.]
In a note to the workforce Friday, depot commander, Col. Victor S. Hagan encouraged employees to continue to review their personal finances and attend one of the sequestration personal finance and credit management lunch-n-learns conducted by Army Community Service, Carlisle Barracks and held at Letterkenny Army Depot. “I appreciate everyone’s continued support of the Warfighter during these challenging times,” Hagan said... - see whole article under today's date.
[Omg, Hagel and now Hagan, & a depot called Letterkenny! But they aren't going to get anything close to wartime prosperity by cutting even the bit part that more military spending can play apart from a big labor-shortage-creating war like WW2.]
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryld., USA -- Long work hours for hospitalists led to longer patient stays and unnecessary orders, researchers reported here... - see whole article under today's date.
• 1st-largest economy, USA, now has over 50% of the states with worksharing programs, as MI, NM, OH & WI enact programs & USA moves toward new part-time "normal" (meaning we should be lowering our legal definition of "full" time as levels of high tech & under-employment get higher - US Postal Service is currently being saved by cutting hours, not locations, & now 1000s of US companies of over 50 employees are cutting below 30-hour workweeks to duck Obamacare premiums = right deed for wrong reason
• In 2nd-largest economy, 1st-largest population, China, the Hong Kong SAR is discussing a statutory workweek
• 4th-largest economy, Germany, saved by cutting hours (Kurzarbeit), not jobs &wages &consumer spending &markets &investment
• 5th-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
• In 9th-largest national economy, 2d-largest population, India, large CITU union is pushing for a 35-hour workweek
• SWT (shorter worktime per person) has three advocates with economic PhDs inside the Washington DC beltway: Dean Baker of liberal thinktank CEPR publicizes Kurzarbeit constantly; Kevin Hassett of conservative thinktank American Enterprise Institute dishes bipartisan PR with Dean; Bob LaJeunesse of the EEOC penned "Worktime Regulation as Full Employment Strategy" in 2009
• 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 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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looting- and layoff-triggering TAKEOVERS in the news (archives) - these preludes to downsizing are the last refuge of incompetent CEOs & a highway to monopoly - Management's economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills - Buy instead of build market share? See 'overlap' & lay off more of your customers' customers? = a suicidal joke - Real CEOs don't do M&As (mergers & acquisitions) except in cases of corporate extremis such as bankruptcy -
...six-year old site with more than 100 million users but little revenue...
Yahoo drinks from a Tumblr of opportunity [for what?], 5/20 WSJ, C6.
[- for "flair"? -]
Seeking flair, Yahoo agrees to buy Tumblr, 5/20 NYT, A1.
MAKEWORK in the news (archives) - too little, too late, too wasteful, too artificial, too military, too eco-stressful, and all unnecessary with full employment via emergency worksharing & permanent timesizing -
A massive tax package passed by lawmakers in the final days of the legislative session is having a positive effect on jobs, the head of the New Mexico Economic Development Dept. told lawmakers this week. Secy. Jon Barela said that in addition to saving roughly 1,500 jobs, about 200 jobs are expected to be created in the next several months in response to the tax package... Barela declined to name the businesses that might have left New Mexico if the tax package were not enacted. Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, said he's skeptical of the job retention claims. "I don't think that making public policy based on [businesses'] threats is a good thing to do," he said...
[At least some politicians are waking up.]
spreading RECESSION (archives) tho' officially defined-away by our concentrated media ownership, who violate system requirements by coagulating M1 (the money supply), expanding the oversized "crow's nest" (financial sector) and tearing planks off the "hull" (consumer base) to do so - historically solved by plaguetime- or wartime-prosperity (but warfare today no longer eliminates wage&market-stifling labor surplus), or the intelligent way, timesizing -
[Newell thinks the stymied government of Obama or the secret government of Harper is democratic? Any volunteers to disturb his nap? Violence only arises when the important kind of feedback = negative = the kind that indicates need and direction for change, is blocked. The whole purpose of the political "voice" = the democratic "one-person one-vote," was to overcome the inadaptibiity of plutocratic "one-goldpiece one-vote." But now that the coagulated money supply ensures that none of the options offered for democratic votes represent anyone but the coagulators, we're right back where we started ... plutocracy and its consequences, inadaptibility and unsustainability.]
[Dunno if you can call "thriving" a species of extremely puffed adders blandly boarding themselves onto tony tumbrils for a visit to Mme Guillotine.]
[As floods of resumes rise for each dwindling good-job opening, who needs management skills? They become vestigial as unused bodyparts.]
5/20 NYT, A18.
5/19 New York Times, A1.
Europe and the interminable crisis - Mass unemployment - Growth, what growth? - Young people, the first victims,
Le Journal de Montréal, p.26.
5/19 NYT, Bu1 pointer to Bu4.
Haskell City, Kansas...the High Plains Aquifer...
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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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