Timesizing® Associates - Homepage

hopes/dooms du jour,
December 2009

[Commentary] ©2004-09 Phil Hyde, The Timesizing Wire, Box 117, Harvard Sq PO, Cambridge MA 02238 USA (617) 623-8080 - HOMEPAGE


    12/31/2009 thu.  (archives)-'have a marginally acceptable new year' -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -
  1. Judge orders end of furloughs, governor to appeal ruling, MSN Money via news.moneycentral.msn.com
    ..State officials say the effort to cut hours and pay to 200,000 employees will save the financially strapped state more than $2 billion this fiscal year... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. German Economy On Brink Of Radical Restructuring, Spiegel.de
    ..The crisis has cast doubt on America's philosophy of shareholder value, held high as a model for Germany by executives and management consultants until a few years ago. The downturn has highlighted the advantages of the German model -- the long-term focus of businesses, the partnership between management and labor, and the social safety net, which offers instruments such as government-assisted short-time working schemes...
    [and maintenance of the domestic consumer base, including a high-velocity circulation of the money supply instead of a decelerating, recession-inducing coagulation of the money supply in the topmost brackets.]
    - see whole article under today's date.


    12/30/2009 wed.  (archives) - from a kitchen in greater Boston MA -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Innovation key to success for Santa Cruz County businesses, SantaCruzSentinel.com
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -..He expanded hours of his staff and staggers hours but no one works more than 30 hours a week. "I don't think anybody should work over 30 hours a week in a beautiful area like this," he said. "It would be a shame to not take advantage of it."...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Prime Minister prorogues Parliament [AGAIN!], SooToday.com
    OTTAWA, Canada -..The plan provides additional help for long-tenured workers, maintains essential jobs in key industries, preserves jobs through the work-sharing program... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The good news of Canada's worksharing program is overshadowed by the bad news of the Cheneyization of Canada's prime minister, and the hopeless incompetence of Canada's politically correct (Haïtienne) governess general, who keeps caving to PM Harper's mounting dictatorship. "The ceremony of innocence is drowned; / The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity." North America is gone, both sides of the border. We've got two large complex systems with minimal feedback and adaptibility.]
  3. Germany's Massive Job-Saving Program Could Still Fail - Betting on an Upswing in 2010, spiegel.de
    ..Germany's short-time working program has helped prevent massive unemployment during the current recession. BERLIN, Germany -..Although the model has been admired internationally,..the hugely expensive scheme is a risky bet that the economy will turn around in 2010...
    [Or that Germany will redesign worksharing to turn the economy around on its own by converting overtime into jobs and pushing for full employment at whatever shorter levels of the workweek that may require.]
    As it happens, many companies are already resorting to their own collective labor agreements in a bid to save jobs because the official short-time working program is not feasible for them. At Bosch, for example, employees in some departments now work 30 hours a week or less, instead of the standard 35-hour workweek. But unlike workers who qualify for the state short-time working program, their wages are reduced in proportion to the reduction in their hours.
    [This will change by market forces once the 30-hour workweek spreads and absorbs the persistent labor surplus that has been holding down wages and weakening domestic consumption.]
    The model foresees the working week being reduced to as little as 26 hours during the period of the crisis. Workers would continue to receive 25 percent of the wages they would have earned for the hours that are cut... - whole article under today's date.
    [Sounds like Germany is independently inventing Walter Reuther's "fluctuating adjustment of the workweek," embodied in Timesizing's Phase Four.]


    12/29/2009 tues.  (archives) - from a kitchen in greater Boston MA -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Mesilla, NM reduces work week for employees, AP via KVIA.com
    MESILLA, N.M. -..By reducing the work week from 35 hours to 32 hours, the southern New Mexico town expects to save more than $11000 in salaries and benefits that would have been owed to the employees... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Peace, Order and Goodies from the Government, by William Bedford, (12/28) CanadaFreePress.com
    OTTAWA, Canada -.. I’ve thrown all the polls I could find into the blender, and here in simple language the sum of all our wants:... (#12) Introduce a 35-hour workweek and make the first Monday of every month a statutory holiday... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Charities count the cost of caring in a recession, Stoke&Staffordshire,UK via thesentinel.co.uk via thisisstaffordshire.co.uk
    NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE, England -..At Donna Louise Children's Hospice Trust, which has a team of 56 at its Trentham Lakes hospice,..the hospice board consulted with staff who unanimously agreed to reduce their working week to 35 hours – down from 37.5 – although most continued to work the full number of hours, effectively taking a pay cut... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Ireland Calling - The first budget cut is the deepest for the Irish public, by John Spain, (12/16) IrishCentral.com
    IRELAND -..And there is also the inconvenient fact that pay for state workers was on average 20% higher than pay for workers in the rest of the economy, and also that most state workers had a 35-hour week, whereas private sector workers were on average doing a 38 hour week... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. BONUS clip - Germany's VDMA Sees Stagnant Production, Job Losses In 2010, Dow Jones via Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    .. While companies have more than fulfilled their responsibility in retaining workers this year, [VDMA President Manfred] Wittenstein said, further job losses are to be expected. This is despite an extension of short-time work. Currently 221,000 people are on short-time contracts in machinery production, the VDMA [German Engineering Federation] said...


    12/27-28/2009 sun.-mon.  (archives) - from a kitchen in greater Boston MA -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. A Dutch Formula Holds Down Joblessness - Nation's 'Short-Work' Programs Since Global Crisis Appear a Success, but Some Say Previous Austerity Moves Are the Real Key... [Austerity means belt-tightening meaning downsizing spending meaning recession and unemployment. How do you get out of unemployment and recession without downsizing spending? By reactivating all the money trapped in the topmost income and wealth brackets where they have far far more than they can possibly spend. How? Engineer a labor shortage as as during war or plague, without the war or plague. How? CUT THE WORKWEEK. Redefine "full time" down to where it should be in the age of robotization.]
    BY ADAM COHEN, 12/28 Wall Street Journal,A10.
    [Whoa, NY Times on Nov.13 - Wall St Journal on Dec.28 - worksharing is finally entering the mainstream!]
    EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands -- Production at DAF Trucks NV here has dropped by more than half in the past year, but the truck maker has kept nearly 80% of its full-time staff with state help. "It beats being unemployed," says..Theo Witkamp, who operates computer-controlled cutting machines at DAF Trucks, a unit of Bellevue, Wash.-based Paccar Inc. Although his hours have been cut, he is making 85% of his regular wages through a combination of state and company contributions.... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. What's Wrong with a 30-Hour Work Week? by Don Fitz, (12/16) MRZine via MonthlyReview.org
    USA -..With millions of jobs lost during the first part of 2009, who is calling for a shorter work week to spread the work around? Not the Republicans. Not even the Democrats. But why is there nary a peep from unions?... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. The best good deals of 2009, TMCnet.com
    BOSTON, Mass. -..My choices: \ The Massachusetts Worksharing Program administered by the state's Division of Unemployment Assistance allows employers to avert layoffs by temporarily reducing workforce hours 10 to 60%. It allows affected workers to collect unemployment benefits to make up for some of their lost pay... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Nice to see worksharing first on the list. Still no realization that it's the ink & paper of the list itself and for that matter, ALL lists.]
  4. It's 2010 - Ready to communicate with dolphins? Take a spin in your flying car? Unfortunately, the future doesn't always turn out as predicted, 12/27 Boston Sunday Globe (BSG), K1.
    BOSTON, Mass. -..The three-day workweek - By the 1960s..entire categories of employment were vanishing, as more and more functions in offices and factories became automated and computerized... What came out was a big prediction about work: that by now, we would all need to labor a lot less. The 40-hour workweek, mandated during the Great Depression, was supposed to have been winnowed down to 30 hours, or even 20... - see whole article under today's date.
    [That "winnowing" has never happened by itself. It has always resulted from pressure. And until we remount that pressure, we'll be going into a greater and greater depression of pay-shrinking labor surplus, powerless to stop the flight of jobs offshore and of foreign products and unemployed onshore.]
  5. Verbal confirmation for Doepker Industries work-share program, 12/28 Moose Jaw Times-Herald,SK via mjtimes.sk.ca
    MOOSE JAW, Saskatchewan, Canada - A work-sharing program for Doepker Industries in Moose Jaw has been verbally approved, says president Gurcan Kocdag. Kocdag told the Times-Herald it was good news for everybody involved... - see whole article under today's date.
  6. Moving on from a year to forget, by Nick Servini, BBC Wales business correspondent, 12/28 BBC News via bbc.co.uk
    WALES, U.K. -..One other difference with previous recessions is the degree of co-operation between workers and management on issues like short-time working and pay cuts... - see whole article under today's date.
  7. Short-time work carries long-term consequences, 12/27 Financial Times
    BELGIUM, E.U. -..Jaga's 135 employees joined an estimated 2.4m workers on a variety of short-time work schemes across a dozen European Union countries... This also raises the question of what happens when the schemes end... - see whole article under today's date.
    [No problem. Change the funding from temporary to permanent. How? Change the funding source from the unemployment insurance fund to a high tax on overtime with an exemption for OT-targeted hiring - and training if needed. Then cut the workweek to levels it should be in the Age of Robotics to provide more taxable overtime.]
  8. Quantifying Eurozone Imbalances and the Internal Devaluation of Greece and Spain, 12/28 Emerginvest.com
    GREECE and SPAIN, Eurozone -..The explanation is really quite simple and relates to the fact that German manufactures (in particular) has sharply cut overtime work and short time work... - see whole article under today's date.
  9. BONUS clips, west to east: #1 - Hawaii hotel, restaurant jobs down, 12/28 Pacific Business News via Bizjournals.com
    HONOLULU, Hawaii -..The tourism downturn is still taking a heavy toll on hotel and restaurant workers... Though workers are putting in about 30 hours a week the same as last year, their pay has fallen from an average of $14.16 an hour in 2008 to $13.94 this year, possibly reflecting lower base pay and tips...
  10. BONUS clip #2 - Local restaurants deal with downturn in diners - Seasonal slowdown, mired economy a deadly combination for many of Ashland's eateries, Ashland Daily Tidings via dailytidings.com
    ASHLAND, Ore. - A slowdown in patronage to Ashland restaurants is forcing owners to cut hours and workers...
    [but the more hours they cut, the fewer workers they cut...]
  11. BONUS clip 3 - Finding their footing, 12/27 Arizona Daily Sun
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -..At Northern Arizona University, [Randy Young] worked about 40 hours a week making $14.50 an hour. At the [Grand Canyon] Railway, he worked 40 hours a week making $8 an hour plus commissions. Driving a [Flagstaff Unified School District] bus, he works between 30 to 35 hours a week at $12.34 an hour, which is enough work to qualify as a full-time employee and receive benefits...
  12. BONUS clip 4 - Top 10 stories of 2009: No. 5: The recession has affect on county, 12/27 Racine Journal Times,WI
    RACINE COUNTY, Wisc. -..The federal minimum wage increased from $6.55 to $7.25 in July, but it led some businesses to cut hours for employees, essentially lessening their paychecks rather than increasing them as intended...
    [But instead of wasting time on raising the minimum wage, when a whole city, state or nation cuts the workweek, market forces raise pay in response to the reduced labor surplus.]
  13. BONUS clip 5 - A passion to help people - Accountant and minister, he wants to be ‘an agent of change’, 12/28 SouthBendTribune.com
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -..“I never stopped doing accounting work on the side,” Gil Michel says. “I found a way to meet with clients in the evening, on the weekend or on lunch hours. It started to grow and grow and grow. It came to a point where I negotiated instead of a raise, give me a workweek of 32 hours.”..
  14. BONUS clip 6 - Only 1 elected city official took a pay cut during budget crunch, 12/27 Mansfield News Journal
    MANSFIELD, Ohio -..Most top city supervisors were placed on 32-hour work weeks, taking Fridays off...
  15. BONUS clip 7 - Business in '09 - A shake-up of local auto dealers, bank woes and the transition to digital TV broadcasting were among the top business news stories of 2009, Columbia Daily Tribune
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -..KOMU also cut back staff, citing a drop in revenue. In April, the station, which is an auxiliary business of the University of Missouri, laid off four employees and cut hours for two others. Marty Siddall, KOMU general manager, said at the time that the station’s revenue had been hit hard by the decline in automotive advertising...
  16. BONUS clip 8 - Another 250,000 jobs will be lost in Britain before summer 2010, say employment experts, Telegraph.co.uk
    LONDON, England -..During the earlier stages of the recession, economists..widely predicted that the jobless total would peak at more than 3m in 2010. However, unemployment has grown much more slowly than expected. Business groups and other commentators have attributed the trend to Government and monetary policy support, and a more flexible workforce, with employers imposing pay freezes and shorter working hours in order to limit redundancies...
  17. BONUS clip 9 - Human capital in [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council [6 Gulf states] is all about retaining talent, 12/27 TheNational.ae
    ARAB EMIRATES -..[talent] especially in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. For instance, though educated people coming from wealthy families may have developed high-level skills, they may not need to work to support themselves. Therefore, a recognised employer brand, values aligned with their own, interesting jobs, training programmes and career development opportunities would be essential to..keep this segment of the workforce... Private organisations, be they domestic or multinational, have to compete for national talent with numerous governmental institutions, as the public sector provides very generous remuneration and benefits, as well as shorter working hours...


    12/26/2009 sat.  (archives) - happy Boxing Day -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. West Palm prepares to crunch numbers, and maybe jobs, in 2010-2011 budget - City will consider $10 million in cuts, Sun-Sentinel.com
    ..The construction department already works a four-day week, but on a reduced, 32-hour schedule, instituted because of a drop in demand for construction services... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. PATH needs weekend workers, volunteers with trade skills, Farmington,NM Daily Times via DailyTimes.com
    ..The shelter recently cut hours of three full-time staffers to trim its budget. PATH has 14 employees working at the shelter and soup kitchen, but only two people work full time... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/25/2009 fri.  (archives) - happy Xmass (X is Greek chi for Christ) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Walnut Creek library may come up short in cash, hours, ContraCostaTimes.com
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -..The county pays for the libraries to be open 35 hours a week. Walnut Creek's libraries are open for more hours because of Measure Q, the $22-per-[land?]-parcel tax passed in 2002 generating more than $900,000 to fund extra hours at the city's two libraries... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Service with a smile - Tenured Johnston Automotive staff ready to move, (12/26) SpencerDailyReporter.com
    SPENCER, Iowa -..Elliott, who decided to work part-time in 2002, continues to serve as the Spencer store manager. While he still puts in around 30 hours a week, Johnston also decided to cut back on her work hours recently... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/24/2009 thu.  (archives) - from a kitchen in greater Boston MA -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Onondaga County's central library in downtown Syracuse to cut hours, five jobs, (11/23) Syracuse Post-Standard via Syracuse.com
    Patrons of the Onondaga County Central Library will see reduced hours and services come Jan. 4... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. A good deal of giving, JacksonSun.com
    .."If you are struggling to get by on 35 hours (a week) and have that cut to 20 hours, you can't make it." The American Red Cross in Jackson deals primarily... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/23/2009 wed.  (archives) - from a kitchen in greater Boston MA -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. SEIU's Andy Stern On Improving Health Care Bill: 'It's Now Or Never', TPMDC (blog) via tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
    ..The Senate "employer responsibility" provisions create an enormous incentive for Head Start agencies and other employers to cut workers' hours to 29 hours per week, end health insurance coverage, and steer workers to the exchange for coverage, because they will pay nothing for part-time workers and their families who receive coverage in the exchange... This is a fair and predictable contribution and will not create an incentive for agencies to cut hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We could probably have full employment with a 29-hour workweek, not so radical considering the US Senate passed a 30-hour workweek bill on April 6, 1933.]
  2. Fulton Public Library slated to cut hours and staffing, Fulton Valley News,NY (subscription) via valleynewsonline.com
    ..“Continued under-funding of the library by the City of Fulton has compelled the trustees reluctantly to reduce open hours and layoff one staff member,” said Marian Stanton, president of the library’s board of trustees... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS clip - Salzgitter reduces short-time working scheme, Steel Business Briefing (subscription)
    GERMANY -..The company saw the low point of capacity utilisation in May, when 9000 of its total of 24000 employees were on short-time working, the spokesman says...


    12/22/2009 tues.  (archives) - from cluttered kitchen in greater Boston MA -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Yahoo imposes weeklong shutdown, WSJ, B7.
    ..from Dec.25 through Jan.1, as the Internet company searches for new ways to cut costs during the recession... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. US town halls find fresh angles to meet recession, Financial Times via ft.com
    ..Local officials are being forced to cut hours to save money... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS (unexpanded) - Daimler ends in 2010 the short time work in Sindelfingen, eblog.mercedes-benz-passion.com
    GERMANY - Daimler ends in early 2010 the short time work, in his largest car plant in Sindelfingen due to the increased demand of vehicles from the E- and S-Class. This [object] confirmed [verb] Daimler employee organization chief Erich Klemm [subject] in Stuttgart. In other car plants, like Bremen or Rastatt, will [auxiliary verb] the short time work [subject] continue [main verb] in 2010...
    [Love that machine translation! - or human Germenglisch?]


    12/20-21/2009 sun.-mon.  (archives) - from greater Boston MA -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. 70 Iowa companies participate in “Shared Work” program, 12/21 RadioIowa.com
    IOWA, U.S.A. -..Kerry Koonce at the Iowa Workforce Development agency says before this year, only a handful of Iowa companies signed up for the “Shared Work” program... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Subsidy assistance sought by 2000 firms, 12/20 Sunday Business Post via sbpost.ie
    IRELAND -..The scheme provides support of €9100 for each worker in qualifying businesses over a 15-month period if the employee is working 35 hours or more a week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Law Firms Cut Junior-Lawyer Bonuses by as Much as 71%, 12/21 Bloomberg.com
    USA -..Facing a slowdown in work due to the financial crisis, law firms [such as Cravath, and Skadden] fired thousands of associates this year and last, forced new hires to delay starting dates and cut hours in exchange for reduced salaries. Demand for legal services dropped 6.8% in the first nine months of 2009 compared with last year... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Couldn't happen to a more deserving group - oh yeah, except for the banksters and the Bushies...]
  4. Austriamicrosystems ends short-time work at Unterpremstätten, 12/21 evertiq.com
    AUSTRIA -..Chip-manufacturer Austriamicrosystems will terminate the current short-time work schedule at its Austrian location in Unterpremstätten on December 31, 2009...- see whole article under today's date.
  5. Economic meltdown: ILO warns on premature exit, 12/21 Nigerian Compass Newspaper via compassnews.net
    GLOBALLY -..Millions of workers have been “retained” by enterprises with support from governments despite falling activity. These workers are now on shorter hours, partial unemployment or involuntary part time... - see whole article under today's date.
  6. BONUS (unexpanded) - Municipal union members: Blame schools, not us, for tax woes, by Richard T. Hoffman, Journal News of Lower Hudson River Valley,NY via LoHud.com
    LOWER HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y., U.S.A. -..In order to maintain our local towns in the manner to which the residents are accustomed, the crews necessary must continue to work and retain all medical benefits. Instead, in an effort to save money, there are towns that are considering reducing the numbers of hours in a work week from 40 to 35 hours, and the employees' time off and medical benefits are in jeopardy of being lost...


    12/19/2009 sat.  (archives) - from Somerville, Mass. (Boston burb) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. 'An economic reality' - Budget pressures trigger the first of three waves of program cuts at Cumberland County's public libraries, Patriot-News via pennlive.com
    .."It's unfortunate that, during this recession, our libraries need to reduce hours and purchase fewer newer materials," system Executive Director Jonelle Darr said. "People need us more than ever so they can apply for jobs online and to stretch family budgets. "But," she said, "it's an economic reality."... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Furniture Work Shifts From NC To South China, NPR.org
    ..Zou Zuoxin is one of the survivors. His factory, which made component parts for Lacquer Craft, cut hours until half its workers left...
    - see whole article under today's date.
    [= pre-downsizing shorter hours in China]


    12/18/2009 fri.  (archives) - from early-a.m. Ottawa-Montréal train -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Not all are pleased with big rig change, (12/17) WCAX.com
    BURLINGTON, Vermont -..In the years since his death she has been working to get tougher restrictions for the trucking industry. She wants drivers to work shorter hours and drive fewer miles...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  2. France: Renault unions agree to short-time work, AutomotiveWorld.com
    Renault has announced that all employee representative bodies (CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, CGT, FOR) have signed an agreement extending the crisis-period labour deal. Under the arrangement, managers, office staff and factory workers are required to work fewer days than normal... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Uncertainty weighs on world economy, Financial Times via ft.com
    ..Whether because of policy (such as Germany's Kurzarbeit) or voluntary hoarding, employers cut hours but kept workers on payroll... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/17/2009 thu.  (archives) - from Bridgehead coffee house at Bank&Albert in Ottawa -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Rise of the desperate house husband, NewStatesman.com
    ..When recovery comes, might some who can afford it, having got used to seeing more of their children, seek permanently shorter hours?.. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Here's hopin'!]
  2. DNR cutting hours in Rhinelander, Woodruff, NewsoftheNorth.Net,WI
    The Department of Natural Resources says it’s reducing office hours in Rhinelander and Woodruff [Wisconsin] as part of mandated budget cuts... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Renault Blue-collar Staff Agree To Pay Deal For 2010, Dow Jones via Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    ..The extended contract sets out the conditions for an average 45 days of short-time work expected in Renault's plants in France next year... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/16/2009 wed.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière, Qué. -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Smith's Senseless Spending, Harvard Crimson via thecrimson.com
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, Mass. -..With any luck, the Faculty of Arts and Science’s new interest in reinstating secure spending policies will include reabsorbing laid-off staff members or reinstating cut hours as part of an effort to return services to the College and the university as a whole. The funds being directed toward professors and graduate students would conceivably have a bigger impact on the larger Harvard community if applied to initiatives such as bringing back hours in libraries and the Bureau of Study Council, serving hot breakfast, increasing hours for students who hold jobs on campus, and transitioning out of the hour reductions and furloughs many staff members face... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So regardless of Harvard Economics professors' opinions, their employer, Harvard University itself, practices cutting hours instead of cutting jobs = worksharing instead of layoffs - though for the self-destructive underlying purpose of further raising elite salaries.]
  2. Take Advantage of US Department Of Labor Funding To Train Your Staff, Manufacturing & Technology eJournal (press release) via mfrtech.com
    USA -..MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth NETwork, will provide auto supply chain employees in Ohio with 35 hours of professional training—a $1,000 value—for just $500 per employee in the first quarter of 2010... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Looks like Timesizing Phase Two without the vital inclusion of the market-determined incidence of overtime to target, fund, gauge and pace the training.]
  3. Help - the labour market puzzle continues, Financial Times via FT.com (blog)
    BRITAIN - Official figures show Britain’s economy has contracted by almost 6 per cent this recession; the US economy by only 3.2%. Yet the employment declines have been much smaller in the UK: OECD figures suggest British employment has fallen only 2%, compared with 4.5% in the US... Ralph has explained the European Central Bank’s concern that short-time working schemes in continental Europe explains much of the difference, but that argument does not apply to the UK, where there have been no such schemes [except so-called informal "labour hoarding"]... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/15/2009 tues.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière, Qué. -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. ..Welch wants short-time compensation program added to jobs bill, BurlingtonFreePress.com
    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont, U.S.A. -- Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said Monday he wants a jobs bill now making its way through Congress to include a provision that would encourage struggling employers to temporarily retain workers rather than lay them off... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Green shoots of recovery - News of a global economic rebound should be met with hope, and caution, by export-dependent countries such as Cambodia, PhnomPenhPost.com
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -..In addition to those who are out of work completely, millions of other people are currently on shorter hours or involuntarily working part time... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/13-14/2009 sun.-mon.  (archives) - from Bridgehead coffee house at Bank&Albert in Ottawa (Sun.) & good ol' Terrasses de la Chaudière, Qué. (Mon.) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Initial unemployment claims rise, which could mean some will have trouble with debt, 12/13 Credit.com News
    CALIFORNIA -..The state with the largest decrease of initial claims was California, which reported 28,672. The state attributed the drop to a shorter workweek and a lower number of layoffs in the service industry... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Economy takes toll on holiday giving on Treasure Coast, 12/14 Stuart News (subscription) via TCPalm.com
    TREASURE COAST, Fla. -..“But we have cut hours,” she said, and no longer allow overtime for staff. She's also looking for grants to try to make up the difference... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And Florida also has a state worksharing program.]
  3. Time to Kill Some Puppies, 12/13 BBC News via bbc.co.uk/blogs
    SCOTLAND -... An attention-grabbing headline, so no surprise it comes from the Mad Men of the advertising industry... The Scottish advertising sector has already lost a significant player in the 1576 agency, which went bust last year. Others have quietly been laying off staff, moving to shorter hours and cutting pay and benefits... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/12/2009 sat.  (archives) - from Galeries de Hull, QUÉBEC -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Sullivan vetoes funding for arts, libraries, Anchorage Daily News via adn.com
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -..[Mayor Dan] Sullivan is still interested in talking with unions about shifting most city workers to a shorter, 37.5 hour workweek to save money... Sullivan needs the agreement of unions to implement the shorter workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Canada's economic engine revs up, driving recovery – and hope, Toronto Globe and Mail via theglobeandmail.com
    WOODSTOCK, Ont., Canada -..According to Brad Hammond of Woodstock's economic development team, Woodstock has seen layoffs, work sharing... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Protesters in Madrid challenge job-market reforms, Agence France-Presse via AFP via google.com/hostednews/afp
    MADRID, Spain -..Germany has introduced a system in which businesses can put their workers on short-time working, with the government carrying much of the financial burden for a two-year period... - see whole article under today's date.
    [As the next bubble inflates and pops, Deutschland will have to shift this program from temporary to sustainable funding based on a confiscatory tax on overtime profits (relative to hiring more employees) coupled with a complete exemption for reinvestment in overtime-targeted hiring (and training if needed).]


    12/11/2009 fri.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière, Qué. -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Libraries to make cuts to balance books, Patriot-News via pennlive.com
    PENNSYLVANIA -..Cumberland County's public libraries will have to cut hours and programs while buying fewer books as they wrestle with an $860000 state funding cut... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Childhood literacy hurt by library budget cuts, Indianapolis Star
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -..It is unfortunate that the Beech Grove Public Library has to shorten its hours of operation ("Beech Grove's library to cut hours in 2010," Dec. 6)... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Working through the recession. Paris Star via parisstaronline.com
    CANADA -..In the midst of the recession, it is important to protect as many Canadian jobs as possible. That's why we are also acting to help keep more Canadians working by extending work-sharing agreements by fourteen weeks to a maximum of 52 weeks. Through work-sharing agreements, companies are able to avoid laying off their skilled employees, and families are saved from the difficulties and stress of losing their jobs... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/10/2009 thu.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière, Qué. -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Why Work Sharing Wont Work, Heritage.org via blog.heritage.org
    ..The amount of work that can be done in the economy is virtually unlimited. Why? Because human desires are unlimited... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Two gross fallacies here = (1) the amount of work that CAN be done in the economy does not equate to the amount of work that IS being packaged into available job openings that the un(der)employed can apply for and actually GET NOW. (2) Unlimited human desires do NOT equate to unlimited employment, because the desires do NOT automatically come with the spending power to satisfy them.]
  2. GERMANY: Porsche extends short time working to end March, just-auto.com
    ..Porsche, now 49.9% owned by Volkswagen, on Thursday said it would extend shortened working hours at its main Zuffenhausen plant near Stuttgart until the end of March 2010 "in view of the uncertain sales development on the individual markets"... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/09/2009 wed.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière, Qué. -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Obama faces a difficult dilemma, Jackson Clarion Ledger,Jackson,MS,USA via clarionledger.com
    ..To avoid layoffs, [*Laurel Machine & Foundry Co. in Laurel, Miss.] has cut hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Canada's Economic Action Plan Helps More Canadians Continue Working Through Work-Sharing, MarketWire.com (press release)
    CANADA - Canada's Economic Action Plan is supporting Canadian workers with enhancements to the Work-Sharing program, enabling more Canadians to continue working while companies experience a temporary [you hope] slowdown... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. So what should Darling [Chancellor of the Exchequer] do today? Independent.co.uk
    BRITAIN -..David Coats, Associate director, The Work Foundation - Specific policy proposals we would like to see include the introduction of a short-time working scheme similar to the arrangements that apply in Germany. This has helped to keep German unemployment low and it has been matched by a more ambitious stimulus package than in the UK... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/08/2009 tues.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière, Qué. -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Obama keeps focus on jobs, warns no silver bullet, Reuters.com
    USA -.."I hope he goes for some work-sharing tax credit. The idea is picking up lots of support in Congress. It is hard to envision a quicker way to get unemployment down," said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington. - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Spain to Reform Labour Laws, Kyero Spanish Property News
    SPAIN -..The proposed changes which may be modelled after the Germany scheme will include allowing firms to cut costs by reducing their hours instead of making them redundant. ...The proposed changes, which include allowing firms to cut costs by shortening workers' hours but without making them redundant as Germany has done, would be discussed between unions and employers during the first half of next year... Under the "short-time working" scheme that Germany’s cabinet extended for a year last month, the state pays up to 67 percent of the salary of a worker whose hours have been reduced for a period of up to two years... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Economy to remain sluggish: Treasury, Brisbane Times.Brisbane,Queensland,Australia
    AUSTRALIA -..The unemployment signal is underestimating the amount of slack in the economy, simply because employers have been able to cut hours rather than jobs during the financial crisis... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Here's some backwards thinking - instead of fewer hours masking higher unemployment, a frozen pretechnology workweek is masking the higher quality of life and greater amounts of financially secure free time, rest, low stress levels and health that Australians would be experiencing if they quit assuming that the 40-hour workweek was given by God on Mt.Sinai as mankind's permanent schedule regardless of worksaving technology.]


    12/06-07/2009 sun.-mon.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière, Gatineau sur l'Île de Hull, Québec -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. The Reason for 15 Million Unemployed: Poor Thinking at the Top, op ed by Dean Baker, 12/07 truthout.org
    ..It is important to realize that work sharing can also have a lasting impact on the structure of work. There have been major efforts by labor unions and women's organizations to make the workplace more family friendly through paid family leave, paid sick days and paid vacation. These work-share programs offer an opportunity to both quickly reduce unemployment and lay a basis for lasting change in this area... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Upstate companies seek concrete solutions to jobless problem - Bankrupt benefits fund concerns those businesses trying to keep workers employed, 12/06 Greenville News,Greenville,SC,USA via greenvilleonline.com
    GREENVILLE, S.C. -..Dan Crosby, president of Metrocon, a Pickens County ready-mix concrete plant, believes he's done his part during the recession to keep workers working, but he worries that the state's bankrupt jobless insurance trust fund could cause problems for his and other small businesses down the road. To date, the company, started by three partners in December 2006, has not laid off any employees although it did cut hours back from 40 hours, he said... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Federal program to spur job retraining falls flat [- Too many restrictions to qualify - Needs to be opened up], Canwest News Service via 12/06 Canada.com
    OTTAWA, Canada -..Finley has the reverse problem with one of the other Employment Insurance programs announced in the government’s economic action plan. It has become wildly popular and industries are already lobbying for a one-year extension to March 2011. Known as *work sharing, it has been around a long time and helps companies in such sectors as forestry, oil and gas and manufacturing stay afloat in tough economic times by providing EI benefits to top up the wages of employees who work a reduced week.... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Continued economic stimulus measures key for job creation – UN report, 12/07 UN News Centre
    ..In addition to unemployment, the report found that businesses have retained millions of workers on shorter hours, partial unemployment or involuntary part time with help from government funding, and warned that an estimated 5 million workers are at risk of losing their jobs if that support is taken away... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/05/2009 sat.  (archives) - chez Jane Blanchard Gibson, Ottawa -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Study: In Md., working class bears brunt of recession - Most Md. job losses, foreclosures hit lower-, middle-income residents, by Jamie Smith Hopkins, BaltimoreSun.com
    ..The Maryland Budget & Tax Policy Institute has called for tax increases to reduce the need for cuts. Neil Bergsman, director of the institute, said recession-fueled setbacks for workers have ranged from job losses to income reductions as hours are cut back. Maryland's average workweek was just under 35 hours in July - down 9 percent from the beginning of 2008, in the early part of the recession, the report said... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Pay cut for two million Britons causes collapse in tax revenue. Telegraph.co.uk
    ..The Treasury calculates that 1.7 million people who might have been made redundant in the recession have been saved from the dole queue by taking a pay cut or shorter hours. ...A number of major companies such as BT and KPMG have offered their workers sabbaticals in return for pay cuts. Mr Darling will cite the shift to "more flexible working" next week as he declares that the Government's policies have helped prevent unemployment – currently 2.5 million or 7.8 per cent of the workforce – from reaching the peaks it did in previous recessions... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/04/2009 fri.  (archives) - from l'Université du Québec (UQO) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Congress moves to extend jobless benefits, CNNMoney.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. -..Both bills would also provide temporary federal funding of a program that allows workers whose employers have reduced their hours to collect partial unemployment benefits. The bill calls for the federal government to cover the cost for two years. The House bill would cover the 17 states participating in the program, while the Senate bill would extend it to all 50 states. "It is a cost-effective, proven job saver that helps businesses retain skilled workers and allows workers to maintain their health insurance and retirement benefits through difficult economic times," said Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Worksharing is bustin' into Congress.]
  2. Major funding cut to jobs subsidy scheme, IrishTimes.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland -..Some €250 million was originally earmarked for the scheme, launched in August as a way to encourage businesses to keep staff... Unlike the original scheme, the second phase distinguishes between two categories: employees who work 35 hours or more, and those working 21-35 hours per week. Employers with workers in the first category will receive a subsidy of €9,100, paid over a 12-month period for each subsidised job, while those in the second category will receive €6,370. Tánaiste Mary Coughlan said the second phase took account of the fact that many firms had cut working hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS (unexpanded) - Bundesbank forecast puts Germany on stronger footing, ForexPros.com
    ..The Bundesbank said job losses were likely in coming months, as firms had so far escaped mass redundancies by moving to shorter hours...


    12/03/2009 thu.  (archives) - from l'Université d'Ottawa -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. As Obama's jobs summit convenes, pundits offer job-creation ideas, DailyFinance.com (blog)
    ..First, there's work-sharing, a concept that allows a company to avoid layoffs by reducing the number of days employees work. The arrangement eliminates the need to cut positions and leaves employers in a good position to ramp up business when the economy turns around since they already have trained work force on hand. Seventeen states have some form of work-sharing program, the Associated Press reports... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Whoa, worksharing is bustin' into the national discussion, top of the list, and catching the imagination of one or two bloggers...]
  2. Two Roads to Job Creation, by CATHERINE RAMPELL, New York Times via economix.blogs.nytimes.com
    ..(2) Try to promote job creation even at a given level of economic output... A work-sharing program, in which employers reduce their workers’ weekly hours and pay and governments make up some of the lost wages, would similarly keep more people working without directly stimulating more demand... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Oops, worksharing here has slipped to number two, but the worksharing buzz continues, positive and negative.]
  3. White House jobs summit: Eight ideas to aid job growth, by Mark Trumbull, Christian Science Monitor via csmonitor.com
    ... (5) Encourage shorter hours so more people can work. If firms keep more people on the payroll, working fewer hours, the decline in income for those workers could be partially offset with payments from the unemployment insurance system... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Even CS Monitor columnists are getting in on the act, but its editorial board are still complete retards (see bonus item following) and here, worksharing via shorter hours has slipped to 5th place, so this commentator's thinking is still five-eighths inside the box. The Timesizing program combines #5 here with his #6 (training).]
  4. BONUS (unexpanded) - The real jobs summit? At the Bernanke Fed, by the Editorial Board, Christian Science Monitor via csmonitor.com
    ..Job creation right now is at risk, Bernanke said, because the number of small businesses reporting difficulty in obtaining credit is near a record high. And many employers have resorted to putting employees on part-time work or shorter hours, a move that may slow job creation if businesses get used to such a practice...
    [Sounds like he/they'd prefer to worsen job loss and market weakness. You'd think Bernanke or the Monitor editors would have more sense (but then, Bernanke is the Fed chairman who stood and watched while all this corruption spread, instead of doing his job of regulation.)]


    12/02/2009 wed.  (archives) - from Terrasses de la Chaudière -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. AP IMPACT: For White House job summit, 4 ideas, by ADAM GELLER and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, The Associated Press via google.com/hostednews/ap
    ..WORK-SHARING ..At least 17 states have some version of work-sharing. Some come with bureaucratic requirements that discourage employers and many programs are little known, said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. But broader, more aggressive use of such programs could prevent job losses, which goes hand-in-hand with creating jobs, Baker said. *A similar strategy has helped cushion the recession's blow in Germany, which is subsidizing the pay of thousands of workers assigned shorter hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Looks like worksharing is finally breaking into the mainstream discussion in the USA!]
  2. Less Bad ADP Data Not Good Job News, Barron's via blogs.barrons.com
    ..And with many workers putting in shorter hours or taking involuntary unpaid days, employers can simply reverse these draconian measures rather than hiring hiring new workers. - see whole article under today's date.
    [These reporters describe non-dramatic, minimal-impact, job-saving shorter hours and unpaid days off as "draconian" and have no comment on job&market-slashing downsizing after downsizing, mass layoff after mass layoff?! This economy is goin' down deeper and faster until these bubbleheads can manage to figure out which strategy is really extreme and destructive, and which is moderate and conservative.]
  3. PM arrives in China, unveils economic update, The Montreal Gazette
    ..The government says that 167000 Canadians are enrolled in work-sharing programs, "preserving jobs that would otherwise be lost.... - see whole article under today's date.


    12/01/2009 tuesday  (archives) -
    TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) - Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn despite *dismissal by the 'experts'
    [Editor's comments in square brackets] (Editor: Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Engel: Machine manufacturer ends short-time working early, Plasteurope.com
    ..Injection moulding machine manufacturer Engel (Schwertberg / Austria; www.engelglobal.com) will end short-time working at all its Austrian sites earlier... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. German November Jobless Falls as Economic Recovery Broadens, Bloomberg.com
    ..Companies can file for help from the 5 billion-euro ($7.5 billion) plan, which tops up pay for people working shorter hours when orders dwindle... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But now the knives come out for the German unemployment rate and worksharing solution -]
  3. German Jobs Data: Not as Good as It Looks? SeekingAlpha.com (blog)
    ..The second is a government subsidized scheme that encourages employers to cut hours but not jobs. In effect, a business pays an employee for the hours worked, and these could be cut to half time. The government grants an allowance to make up the bulk of the difference. In essence, an employee can draw roughly 80% of his/her salary and work half the time... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And the knives come out for US worksharing plans -]
  4. Son of Stimulus Set to Attack American Economy - Son of Stimulus is likely to be as big a disaster as its parent, CanadaFreePress.com
    ..A variation on Krugman's reboot of the WPA is a work sharing proposal that would essentially also mean having the government directly subsidize jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. BONUS (unexpanded) - Hampton Sawmills Cut Back, Building-Products.com
    ..Mills in Tillamook, Or., and Darrington, Wa., will cut hours by 60%. Willamina, Or., will reduce production slightly. The curtailments are indefinite...



    Click for dooms du jour in -
    November/2009
    October/2009
    September/2009
    August/2009
    July/2009
    Jun-May/2009
    Apr-Mar/2009
    Feb-Jan/2009
    2005-2008
    November 2-30/2004 + Dec.
    October/2004 + Nov.1
    September/2004
    Jul.31 + August/2004
    July 1-30/2004
    June/2004
    May/2004
    April/2004
    March 2-31/2004
    Jan.31 + February 1-29/2004 + Mar.1
    January 1-30/2004
    December 2-31/2003
    November/2003 + Dec.1
    October/2003
    Sept.2-30/2003
    August/2003 + Sep.1
    July/2003
    June/2003 + May 31
    May 1-30/2003
    Apr/2003
    Mar/2003
    Feb/2003
    Jan/2003
    Dec/2002 + Nov.30
    Nov.1-29/2002
    Oct/2002
    Sept/2002
    Aug/2002
    July/2002
    June/2002
    May/2002
    Apr/2002
    Mar/2002
    Feb/2002
    Jan/2002
    Dec/2001
    Nov/2001
    Oct/2001
    Sept/2001
    Aug/2001
    July/2001
    June/2001
    May/2001
    Apr/2001
    Mar/2001
    Feb/2001
    Jan/2001
    Dec/2000
    Nov/2000
    Oct/2000
    Sep/2000
    Aug/2000
    July/2000
    June/2000
    May/2000
    Apr/2000
    Mar/2000
    Feb/2000
    Jan/2000
    Dec/1999
    Nov/99
    Oct/99
    Sept/99
    Aug-July/99
    June-May/99
    before April 30/99

    For more details on the work-sharing approach, see our layman's guide Timesizing, Not Downsizing which is available at bookstores in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. or from *Amazon.com online.

    Questions, comments, feedback? Phone 617-623-8080 (Boston) or email us.


    Return to Top | Return to Home Page