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September, 2010

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     wed-thu 9/29-30/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -
  1. Sharing The Pain Of Layoffs Means Losing Fewer Jobs, 9/29 HuffingtonPost.com
    HERNDON, Va. - ..Studies show that even those who find work again never fully bounce back. Similarly, when the recession ends and sales go back up again, companies that laid people off have to deal with considerable hiring and training costs. So wouldn't it be great if there was some way to limit the number of people who got laid off, even in a deep recession? As it happens, there is. It's called work sharing... The basic idea is that rather than lay off a portion of their work force, employers would reduce the hours of all workers... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. German jobless rate drops to lowest since 1992, 9/30 Reuters via FOXBusiness.com
    NUREMBERG, Germany - .."Numbers in short-time work are on the decline and temporary employment is already more or less back at pre-crisis levels of mid-2008 again... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Jobless rate falls unexpectedly - The Live Register fell in September for the first time since February, 9/29 IrishTimes.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland - ..Small Firms' Association..Director Avine McNally said the annual increase of 5.4% showed the market was still facing challenges, with many workers on short time working or reducing working hours. "Jobs have to be the number one priority – livelihoods, individuals and families are being affected every day by reduced working hours, short time working and the uncertainty about future employment," she said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Then stop straining to maintain a low-tech workweek in the high-tech age and redefine "full time" downward - it's happening anway; it might as well happen the right way - Moses did not mean the six 12-hour-day workweek he brought down from Mount Sinai to last forever!]


     sun-mon-tue 9/26-27-28/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Bruederle: Germany GDP Growth Close To 3% 'Very Much Assured', 9/28 IMarketnews.com
    BERLIN, Germany - ..Germany's "extra large upswing" was only possible because most businesses held onto their staff, helped by the government's subsidies for short-time work... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Monks: Austerity 'too much, too fast', 9/28 EurActiv.com
    BRUSSELS, Euro.Union - ..In some countries they added new schemes, Kurzarbeit, which has being quite successful... In the most successful economies - in Austria, the Netherlands and to a lesser extent in Germany - social dialogue is playing a part in producing some agreed approach to the deficit. The Kurzarbeit schemes have come out of that dialogue process. We would like to see it used much more... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Welfare-To-Work Program's Demise 'Really Demoralizing', 9/27 HuffingtonPost.com
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - ..Burton and the five other moms at his nonprofit earn $11.03 per hour and work 32 hours a week. They will all be let go come Friday... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So the self-vanishing USA can't even maintain its self-supporting-consumer reclamation program at a 32-hour workweek level. This is how "the first shall become last."]
  4. Love of work is losing its lustre, 9/26 Sydney Morning Herald via brisbanetimes.com.au
    ADELAIDE, South Australia - ..At 38.9 hours, women in full-time work put in 3.9 fewer hours per week than men... Professor Pocock said surveys had shown a high proportion of Australians considered 35 hours a week to be ideal... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Work/life balance - Sole traders slash working hours, 9/27 StartupSmart.com.au
    PERTH, Western Australia - Sole traders, traditionally seen as the hardest workers in the business world, have cut their working hours back more than any other group in the last 10 years, new research suggests. Bankwest’s Working Times Report found that there has been a three-hour drop in the average working hours of sole traders in the last decade, down to 40.8 hours a week... Business owners are still working far longer hours than their employees, according to Bankwest, with 34% working more than 60 hours a week. However, this has dropped by 5% in the last 10 years. Overall, business owners work an average of 50.7 hours a week, down from 53.3 hours in 2000...
  6. Y so little hard work - VICTORIANS are spending less time in the office than they did a decade ago, 9/26 Herald Sun
    MELBOURNE, Vic., Australia - Gen Y is leading the trend away from long working hours. The state's full-time workers put in an average of 41.2 hours a week in the year to August... That's 1.2 hours less than they did a decade ago. It's also a smidgen under the national average of 41.4 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Welcome to USA 1939-1940, when the standard workweek max was cut from 42 to 40 hours a week.]
  7. Coffee Smiths return reflects two-way recovery, 9/26 Stuff.co.nz
    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - ..The seven staff were put on slightly shorter hours to enable them to all work at the branch in the western part of the CBD (central business district)... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Hours cuts instead of jobcuts are a quite common response to crisis the world over when managers and business schools aren't intent on self-destruction, everyone else first...]
  8. BONUS clip 1 - Putnam hires outside speech therapists to fill vacancies, 9/26 Charleston Gazette via wvgazette.com WINFIELD, W.VA. - ..The two LinguaCare therapists will cost the county $75 per hour, and will work a combined 35 hours a week, estimates Putnam County Special Education Director Annette Pratt
    ...
    [35 hrs/wk is quite common and acceptable for Americans, but not for those Lazy French!]
  9. BONUS clip 2 - NORC [National Opinion Research Center] of Chicago hiring Field Interviewers locally, 9/26 Examiner.com
    CHICAGO, Illin. - ..For this current Field Interviewer position you will work 25-30 hours per week... [Shorter hours is just fine when it lets U.S. employers avoid paying "full time" benefits and further weaken consumption, marketable productivity and sustainable investment...]


     fri-sat 9/24-25/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Brown suggests work sharing instead of furloughs or layoffs, 9/24 Sacramento Bee (blog) via blogs.sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Asked which he preferred to use with state employees in a cash crisis, furloughs or layoffs, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown this afternoon had another idea altogether: work sharing, which pays partial unemployment benefits to people whose hours have been reduced... Brown was governor when the program, the first of its kind in the nation, was enacted in 1978... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Office overtime stresses the heart, 9/25 DeccanChronicle.com
    CHENNAI, India - ..An international study has shown that that those who worked 10- or 11-hour days were up to 60% more likely to suffer heart disease or die younger than those who worked shorter hours... - see whole article under today's date.


     wed-thu 9/22-23/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Safe at Siemens, 9/23 Financial Times via ft.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..In line with the German tradition of co-operation between labour and management, this wide agreement on job security acknowledges the sacrifices in pay cuts and short-time working that staff made through and after the financial crisis... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Siemens Agrees To Minimize Layoffs While Restructuring, 9/22 Wall Street Journal via wsj.com
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..Siemens has agreed to avoid layoffs wherever possible by shifting personnel between locations and resorting to short-time work programs... - see whole article under today's date.


     sun-mon-tue 9/19-20-21/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Young employees could force dealers to get a life, 9/20 Automotive News (blog) via autonews.com
    LAS VEGAS, Nev. - I just got back from a finance and insurance conference in Las Vegas where I bumped into a dealer who used to be open seven days a week but is now closed on Sundays... The dealer told me his shorter workweek has nothing to do with the old “blue laws” requiring businesses to close on the Sabbath. It’s a response to new hires. He said he’s hiring more new college graduates from Generation Y, those born in the 1980s and 1990s. And if he required his younger employees to work Sunday, they’d quit... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Well, that's sortof hopeful - like if this was 1910 and we were still rejoicing about cutting down to an 8hrX6day= 48 hour workweek... Has this dealer ever heard of...shifts? But market forces will not force him or any other employer to grok "a life" until there is city- or state- or nation-wide workweek reduction.]
  2. CEO Hans-Georg Harter: In 2010, ZF has returned to profitability - Workforce swells by over 2,000 by late August, 9/21 BYMnews.com (press release)
    GERMANY, Euro.Union - ..Kurz-arbeit, Germany's state-subsidized short-time-work program, has now been almost entirely phased out across the Group... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Child Care a Concern as South Korea Battles Low Birth Rate, 9/19 (9/15) Tom Wilt News via ThirdAge.com
    SEOUL, So.Korea - Child care and pregnancy health is a concern for South Korea, as it is facing a chronic low birth rate, says it will allow women to ask for shorter working hours so they can better raise their children... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. No relaxation in working hours during night shift, 9/20 KhaleejTimes.com
    DUBAI, U.A.E. - (Q) Is a worker supposed to work eight hours at night shift as is the case with the day shift? In my home country [which is??], we work only six to seven hours at night. Please, clarify.
    (A) As per the UAE labour law, in normal circumstances, the daily working hours of an employee is eight hours whether he is working during day or night
    ... - see whole article under today's date.


     fri-sat 9/17-18/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Library Visitors Upset By Decreased Hours - Fridays Or Saturdays Cut From Branches, 9/18 WRTV Indianapolis via theindychannel.com
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Library patrons said Saturday they are unhappy with the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's plan to shorten hours. Beginning Oct. 3, branches will begin closing on either Fridays or Saturdays as the library attempts to trim its budget, 6News' Grace Trahan reported. The central library will be closed on Thursdays, but will stay open on both Friday and Saturday... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Halifax: Time for municipal leaders, workers to do something for Joe Average Citizen, 9/17 GateHouse News Service via PatriotLedger.com
    HALIFAX, Mass. - ..Joe Average Citizen is the first to feel the pain of a poor economy. Layoffs, salary reductions, cut hours – the list is endless. But he pulls himself up by his bootstraps and gets on with it... - see whole article under today's date.


     wed-thu 9/15-16/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. ADP on European Working Hours: A Critical HR Issue, 9/16 Business Wire via MarketWatch.com (press release)
    PARIS, France - ..Do less productive countries work less? "Absolutely not!" answers Chris Brewster, Director of Henley's HR Centre of Excellence. "The countries that work longer hours are the less productive countries"... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Higher workload for pilots could put flyers at risk, 9/15 HindustanTimes.com
    DELHI, India -- ..Normally, airlines cannot ask pilots to work more than nine hours at a stretch in a day and not more than 30 hours a week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. How 3 firms survived the recession, 9/15 Orange County Register via OCregister.com
    ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - ..Greg Wingert cut hours and jobs as business slowed and recently merged his company with a competitor to save both entities... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. McCullough-Hyde cuts hours, jobs, 9/16 OxfordPress.com
    OXFORD, Ohio — McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital has eliminated jobs and cut hours — affecting 33 employees — to save an estimated $1.1 million annually as the hospital works to improve its financial stability. An equivalent of 22 full-time positions have been eliminated, representing a 4.8 percent reduction of the total annual man-hours budget, according to CEO Bryan Hehemann... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So 33-22= 11 employees have had their hours cut instead of additional eliminated positions. At least Timesizing webmaster Phil Hyde's namesake hospital is not completely stupid.]


     sun-mon-tue 9/12-13-14/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Working while sick? Study finds even doctors do it, 9/14 The Associated Press via google.com/hostednews/ap
    CHICAGO, Illin. - ..Misplaced dedication and fear of letting other doctors down [never mind vulnerable patients] are among reasons the researchers cited as possible explanations... The council, which accredits hospital residency programs, has proposed revisions on residents' work hours and time off to reduce sleep deprivation and the chances for medical errors. The work week limit would remain at 80 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Gleanings from the FAA's Fatigue Proposal, 9/13 Wall Street Journal (blog) via blogs.wsj.com
    WASHINGTON. D.C. - ..Pilots will work slightly more days, but somewhat shorter hours each day, with more scheduled flying and less sitting around... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Judiciary joins Executive Branch in work hour cuts, but not Legislature - House poised to reject Senate version of fiscal year 2011 budget bill today, by Haidee V. Eugenio, 9/12 SaipanTribune.com
    SAIPAN, Northern Marianas - The Judiciary has joined the Executive Branch and autonomous agencies in implementing across-the-board work hour cuts to help bring down government spending to $132 million in fiscal year 2011... - see whole article under today's date.


     fri-sat 9/10-11/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. The Blue Sky series: Dean Baker's plan to create 9 million jobs, 9/10 voices.WashingtonPost.com (blog)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..My favorite is work sharing just because it is so simple, obvious and quick. As Stern points out, this really should not be a big partisan issue... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Outlook Grim - The Fading Prospects for Recovery in Europe, by Dean Baker, 9/10 CounterPunch.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Several countries, most notably Germany and the Netherlands, have implemented a policy of work-sharing to offset the reduced demand for labor. In effect, this policy provides businesses with incentives to reduce the number of hours per worker rather than reduce the number of workers on the payroll... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Workers hope wage restraint will finally pay off, 9/10 Deutsche Welle
    BERLIN, Germany - ..Many participated in state-subsidized short-time working programs, called Kurzarbeit, or agreed to forego their holiday bonus payouts... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Employer can compensate exempt staff for extra work, 9/11 AZcentral.com
    PHOENIX, Ariz. - ..Many employees, in the wake of layoffs, are putting in more work hours. Non-exempt employees must be paid for all hours worked and must be paid overtime (1.5 times their regular hourly rate) for any hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Another demonstration of the impotence of our current overtime design as an enforcer of the 40-hour line as a maximum for the workweek (instead of the minimum it's become)?]
  5. BONUS excerpt - Traders who skip most of the day - At Briargate Trading, stock market's open and close is all that matters, then golf - 'From 11 to 2, the markets are pretty quiet--what's the point?', by Kristina Peterson, 9/10 Wall St Journal, C1.
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..Briargate - an anagram of "arbitrage" - isn't the only firm taking an extended recess during the 6 1/2 -hour U.S. trading day. Trading has become increasingly concentrated in the first and last hours of the session. Those two hours now make up more than half of the entire day's trading volume... In August..nearly 58% of NYSE primary volume, up from 45% in August 2005...


     wed-thu 9/08-09/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. 3 Things We Should Learn From Germany, and 3 Things We Shouldn't, 9/9 TheAtlantic.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..Work sharing works. One reason why Germany's unemployment rate hasn't spiked like ours is the German government [AND 20 U.S. states now] pays companies not to fire workers... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. OSHA to Examine Physician Work Hours, 9/07 HealthLeadersMedia.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..In response to a petition filed last week by Public Citizen and others, OSHA said it will examine the need for regulations that would limit the work hours of resident physicians... - see whole article under today's date.



     sun-mon-tue 9/05-06-07/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. Four-day workweek would create jobs for Americans [- opinion], 9/07 LivingstonDaily.com
    BRIGHTON, Mich. - The U.S. government could solve its unemployment problem by offering a bonus to companies that would be willing to reduce their workweeks to four days instead of five... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Members of the general public by the thousands are thinking of this approach every day. It's only the professionals, the informed, the sophisticated, who "know it's impossible" - like flying before the Wright brothers, or reaching the moon before NASA... - here's a well-meaning blogger who's bought into the general time blindness and lavishes sarcasm on the idea of lowering workweeks in response to raising technology levels, never mind the most basic freedom is free time -]
  2. Robert Reich: Economic Illiterate, 9/06 RedState.com (blog)
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In which we learn that the forty hour work week and time-and-a-half overtime ended the Great Depression, not the minor squabble called WWII... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This blogger probably LOVES the Czech Republic -]
  3. Czech working-hours longest in Europe, 9/07 PressEurop - English (blog) via presseurop.eu/en
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic - ..“Czechs spend more time at work than any other EU citizens,” headlines Lidové noviny, which reports on the latest Eurostat figures on average working-hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But let's not confuse sustainable and necessary workweek reduction with worklife reduction via mandatory retirement and/or early retirement, both unsustainable and wasteful of our most experienced employees, and unnecessary on the shorter workweeks and longer weekends alias WEEKLY retirement that we should ALL have in the Age of Robotics -]
  4. Work Longer - Moi? 9/07 Sky News via blogs.news.sky.com
    PARIS, France - ..But even if the retirement age rises French workers still enjoy some of the best working conditions in the world, including a 35 hour week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [As humans live longer, a fixed standard worklife and mandatory retirement at any fixed age is a blank check on the taxpayer, and nature abhors a blank check - earlier retirement is wasteful and unsustainable - expecially when it's no longer needed to provide sufficient jobs for the young in the context of workweek reduction. Why no longer needed? Because natural, market-determined jobs without government makework or union featherbedding will be constantly created by cross-training for, sharing and subdividing the immediately available employment, however much it diminishes due to automation and robotization. Why won't wages also diminish? Because the constantly readjusting workweek max and overtime-to-job conversion will prevent wage-reducing labor surplus and even create wage-raising labor shortage in the eyes of employers. Wages systemwide go by supply and demand like everything else, not by hours or productivity. If long hours made for high pay, the Chinese would be the highest paid workforce in the world instead of the lowest. If productivity made for high pay, we'd always be able to buy our own output and never worry about increasing exports. But capitalism has always run sustainably under a labor shortage, and unsustainably under a labor surplus.]
  5. Breadwinning dads scared to ask bosses to cut working hours: Oz study, 9/05 AustralianNews.net
    SYDNEY, Australia - ..Fathers struggling to juggle jobs and family responsibilities admit they are scared to ask bosses to reduce their hours for fear it may harm their careers... - see whole article under today's date.
  6. Unemployment Pain Stretched Thinner, 9/05 SeekingAlpha.com (blog)
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..So what appears to be happening is that employers are lowering working hours below 34 for many, and at the same time they are hiring additional part timers... - see whole article under today's date.



     fri-sat (th-f news) 9/03-04/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. OSHA Should Dictate Residents' Hours, Group Says, 9/04 MedPageToday.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..The federal government already regulates work hours for a variety of industries, including trucking, aviation, railroad, and maritime transportation... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And for all industries using wage workers via the overtime section of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.]
  2. Private Sector Adds 67000 Jobs During Better Than Expected August, 9/03 DailyFinance.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..The average workweek was unchanged at 34.2 hours. A 0.1 hour increase in the workweek generally adds about 100000 jobs to the economy... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Then a 0.1 hour decrease in the workweek would also generally add 100,000 jobs to the economy, and it's on this basis that all future sustainable economies will automate full employment and markets. How many jobs do you need this month? No problem. Won't that cut wages? No, because we're avoiding a wage-depressing labor surplus, not walking into it blindfolded, as now. What to do about shortage of qualified candidates? Convert overtime into hiring, or on-the-job training wherever needed. Stop moaning and just DO IT, automatically, if you can possibly unclench your deathgrip on your beloved Faith in Insoluble Problems.]


     wed-thu 9/01-02/2010 ::: triweekly updates (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 - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Washington State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' -
    [editor's comments in square brackets] (editor= Phil Hyde, timesizing@aol.com) -

  1. German unemployment falls - Kurzarbeit impact, 9/01 TheHinduBusinessLine.com
    London, Great Britain - ... Kurzarbeit factor - However, perhaps the single biggest factor is the innovative system of Kurzarbeit – or “shorter work” – brought in by the Government during the crisis... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. German unemployment insurance rate, joblessness rate declines, 9/02 Seedol.com
    MANILA, Philippines - ..However, the single utmost factor for the success of Germany is the ground-breaking system of Kurzarbeit, also dubbed as “shorter work” that was devised by the government amid the global financial crisis... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Would more holiday be good for America? by Michael Goldfarb, 9/01 BBC Mobile News World via bbc.co.uk (nice catch, Gail!)
    LONDON, England - ..A 2007 report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)...looked at 21 of the richest countries in the world, and found that only one, the US, does not impose a legal mandate on employers to provide time off... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The USA is looking more and more like the USSR with great chest-beating news control but lousy public education, so Americans are great at increasingly defensive and surly boasting but really have no idea how uncompetitively low their labor standards and living standards are getting - natural when you spend your time bizarrely praising the People's Republic of China and "competing" your way down to Chinese levels, and meanwhile deriding or ignoring Europe (which is only too glad to be ignored by the once-impressive-but-now-self-depressing dinosaur, locked into long working hours and lowering wages in the Age of Robotics - so much for their lip service to Freedom and the Promise of Technology).]



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