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...
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My name's Philip Hyde III. I'm trying to live down the deaths of the first two Phil Hyde's. The challenge I've identified has many names, like 'saving the world.' But 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. Start with jobs and everything else gets a lot easier. This is the biggest & oldest website on achieving full employment, but see also our backgrounders.
    October 22, 2014, Wednesday's news on Tue'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 tilt 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. Libraries to cut hours as cuts bite, NewsNorthWales.co.uk
      POWYS, Wales, U.K. - ...Powys County Council is looking to cut library service costs by £350,000 in the next financial year as part of moves to reduce overall council spending... One option, which has now been rejected following the consultation, was to close 11 out of 18 of Powys’ libraries and another would have seen five close. The option now put forward by the cabinet is to reduce opening hours by 20% and move the mobile library from fortnightly to monthly. ...“Nearly 2,000 people responded to our consultation and 71% supported the option of reducing opening hours by 20%..." - see whole article under today's date.
      [Better hours reductions than job reductions, timesizing than downsizing! Now a couple of contradictions - longer hours (than 19) that are still shorter hours (than 40) and shortening hours that are bad -]
    2. Briggs resigns as rec director, hours for replacement in question, by Phyllis Booth pbooth@thelandmark.com, TheLandmark.com
      HOLDEN, Mass., USA - ...Novak was at the meeting to ask for 30 hours for the rec director’s job when the position is advertised. “It’s definitely more than a 19-hour-a-week job,” she said... - see whole article under today's date.
    3. Local Goodwill stores forced to restructure, NBC 5 via kobi5.com
      MEDFORD, Ore., USA --- Some 100 intellectually and developmentally disabled workers in Southern Oregon are having their hours cut at Goodwill, as the company restructures its policies as mandated by the state... The reason is the Governor's executive order and the employment first policy, which aims to integrate these workers [=cover for budget&tax cuts]. Shae Johns/VP, Mission services at Goodwill, "The state is saying that paid work experiences in sheltered workshops are no longer acceptable for people to get training."... - see whole article under today's date.
    4. BONUS update - *System requirement? Hourscuts replace jobcuts else no markets for robot 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 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 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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