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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 -
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., USA - ...Stuart Ketzler, the District’s executive director of finance, said Monday that furlough days — 3 for teachers and other staff and 4 for administrators — will likely be gone in 2015-16. The unpaid days off were introduced in 2010-11 as a revenue-saving strategy... - see whole article under today's date.
[Furloughs, not firings! = Timesizing, not downsizing.]
HIALEAH, Fla., USA - ...The team of nine swimming coaches, who work at Milander, have progressively had their work hours cut from 29 weekly hours to 21 and then 17... But in the face of public criticism, Mayor Hernandez took a step back and opted to find an emergency solution... - see whole article under today's date.
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...One area that we have not touched on is a potentially employer and employee friendly method of calculating overtime that is nonetheless fraught with some risk: the fluctuating workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
[The Timesizing Program uses fluctuating adjustment of the workweek against unemployment, but this is a different kind of fluctuating workweek to distinguish from that.]
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 -
- editor's comments in [square brackets] by Phil Hyde email@example.com -
- headlines from Suites Victoria, Hull & Courtyard Marriott, Ottawa & updating from Moca Loca, 1 rue Victoria, Hull Québec -
further *OVERPOPULATING Canada & Europe relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & safety net & fresh-water supplies & ... - In a finite biosphere, every country should be moving to steady-state migration (one out, one in) and birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for its citizens' limits on population variables as in Timesizing's Phase 5 -
Marie Boutrogianni is always on time. And as the dean of Ryerson's Chang School of Continuing Education, if she schedules a meeting for 9 a.m. she expects that everyone will be there on the dot. "I know that sounds obvious, but in some cultures a schedule is a suggestion," she says. Newcomers to Canada often have the technical skills required to do their jobs, but can face challenges integrating into the work force because of cultural differences in workplace interactions...
[Blaming the powerless? What about Canada's responsibility for assuming that the world is just different geographic zones and not primarily different social-evolutionary TIME zones?]
[The only sustainable solution is to face the facts that (1) overpopulation problems must now be solved in situ or they will exponentiate into worldwide hell, and (2) boats can also sail south, and until thousands of people, mainly from North Africa, see everyone who sails north regardless of safety or law safely returned to port of origin, the northward sail, already an industry, will exponentiate.]
A Syrian woman and her child arrive at the port of Greece's Lesbos island on Thursday. Up to half a million migrants may cross the Mediterranean into Europe this year, authorities warn, in often deadly conditions... (photo caption)
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 extremis such as bankruptcy -
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (UPsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
Oil-field services firm cuts [11,000] more jobs, [leading to a total workforce reduction of about 15% relative to its 3Q14 peak - Had laid off 9,000 employees late last year], WSJ, B7 target article.
wall of CLOSINGS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
CRIME & PRISON in the news (archives), what happens when we make it harder to make an honest living than a dishonest one, a subset of makework, rising when jobs are scarce, falling with worksharing & timesizing -
...Some of the figures behind corporate scandals that roiled the market...
Bernard Ebbers, CEO [and] Scott Sullivan, CFO, WorldCom.\.
Bernard Madoff..Investment "Securities" [our ""]
Dennis Kozlowski, CEO, Tyco
Kenneth Lay, Chair, Enron
[Omg, what else can we do to coagulate the money supply?!]
Construction worker Andrew Eva in Edmonton: 'The winter was slow...but now there's nothing.' (photo caption)
National Post, FP8.
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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...
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