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October 1-30, 2010

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     fri-sat, 10/29-30/2010  ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cluttered kitchen in Kalamazoo, oops, Somerville, Mass. -

    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. How Washington could create jobs - Congress has the means to spur job growth, economists say, if it can find the will, 10/29 MarketWatch.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..[Dean] Baker said work-sharing programs, in which the government encourages firms to reduce hours, rather than layoff workers, are effective. “You are keeping someone in touch with the labor force,” Baker said. The president [Obama] likes the idea of work-sharing policies, Goolsbee said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Go, Dean! And remember REPUBLICAN Pres. Herbert Hoover's wise words in the summer of 1932, "Shorter hours is the quickest way to create jobs." (See Work Without End by Ben Hunnicutt.)]
  2. Because of state cuts, North Canton library reduced staff, hours, materials, 10/30 Canton Repository via cantonrep.com
    NORTH CANTON, Ohio - ..Due to state funding cuts, our library in the past 18 months has laid off staff, cut hours and reduced spending for materials... - see whole article under today's date.


     wed-thu, 10/27-28/2010  ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cluttered kitchen in Kalamazoo, oops, Somerville, Mass. -

    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. Jobs data vindicate Germany's work plan, 10/28 Wall Street Journal, A13.
    [Did you ever think you'd see this headline in the Wall St. Journal, considering "Germany's work plan" is worksharing (German Kurz-arbeit), in direct contravention of the "Lump of Labor Fallacy" sneer from mainstream economists and all the denial and resistance from business schools?! Where now, for example, is Lester Thurow with his dismissive "It's been tried and not worked!" ? I always wondered what situation(s) he could possibly be referring to in that circa 1982 reply to my question at a public lecture in Boston University's Morse Auditorium...]
    FRANKFURT, Germany - ..The statistics offer the strongest affirmation yet that the government's strategy of keeping workers in their jobs during the crisis [whatever reduction in working hours it requires,] through generous subsidies to business has worked... "Immediately after the crisis it was just very good policy" that kept unemployment down, says Andreas Rees, economist at lender UniCredit in Munich. He was referring to a government subsidy program, known as Kurzarbeit that allowed companies to keep workers on payroll at reduced hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Here's the frontpage pointer -]
    German unemployment hit its lowest level in nearly 20 years, the latest sign that Europe's biggest economy [and the world's biggest worksharing economy] continues to power ahead, 10/28 WSJ, A1 pointer to A13.
    [But predictably, an anglophone journalist in Germany doesn't "get it" - let alone the prospect of unwashed non-English-speaking people pulling ahead of the (increasingly self-destructive) anglophone world - misery loves company and hates to be "shown up" -]
  2. Germany's Jobs Miracle is 'Wobbly', 10/28 Spiegel Online
    BERLIN, Germany - ..What's kept the German economy from hemorrhaging jobs over the last two years is a "short-time" work program that encourages firms to keep workers even if they have to cut back hours (say, to one-third, of the usual week)... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Funny how few people have realized that "the usual week" is history in the context of robotization, and only an adjustable workweek that automatically fluctuates, mostly DOWNWARD as far as it takes to maintain full employment and markets, is going to survive the next 50 years. We have entire systems of factories in New England with NO employees, ALL robots - this spreading development is called "lights-out manufacturing." One guy drives around once a week to, what, read the gauges? squirt oil on the robots? Whatever it is, if it's routine, it too can be robotized. This is actually good news, because it gives people more free time, but it's also funny how few people have realized that the most basic kind of freedom is...free time. Does "the devil make work for idle hands to do"? Not when it's financially secure leisure instead of unemployment and the devil has to compete with burgeoning leisure industries...]
  3. Jobs of the Future - Should we all work less? 10/27 NPR Marketplace via marketplace.publicradio.org
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - For some economists, less working hours may be just the thing to lower the unemployment rate. Marketplace's Adriene Hill weighs the pros and cons of this idea... - see whole article under today's date.


     sun-mon-tue, 10/24-25-26/2010  ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from the cluttered kitchen in Kalamazoo, oops, Somerville, Mass. -

    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. Battling Poverty in the Golden State - Recommendations for the California Statewide Poverty Commission, 10/25 American Progress Action Fund via americanprogressaction.org
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - ..Other steps mostly “off budget” can help families when state coffers aren’t full. California, for example, has led the nation in implementing “work share,” an important means to avert layoffs. Under this program, when employees’ hours are reduced, unemployment insurance can help fill in for the fewer hours. Fewer than 20 states operate such programs despite their effectiveness.... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Voice of the Day - Charlie Norr: Strides made while serving 137th District, 10/24 News-Leader.com
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - ..Two particular measures, which stand out that I co-sponsored and passed into law along with my colleagues, were the establishment of health insurance coverage for individuals diagnosed with autism and increased eligibility for shared work benefits under the Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Does Germany need a 45-hour working week? 10/26 Deutsche Welle via dw-world.de
    [Barely off shorter hours and these morons already want longer hours? The truth is, everyone needs a fluctuating workweek, but downward until full employment to sustain investments is achieved and maintained.]
    BERLIN, Germany - ..One of the reasons why so many companies across the country were willing to sign up to Kurzarbeit was that the alternative would have meant letting their skilled staff go... - see whole article under today's date.


     fri-sat  10/22-23/2010 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from The Pub in Springfield, Mass. (382 Dwight)

    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. Recreation Conference Planned for Nov. 4-5, 10/22 SUNY Cortland News via www2.cortland.edu
    CORTLAND, N.Y. - Benjamin Hunnicutt, who has focused his research and writing on an historical mystery in America, “The End of Shorter Hours,” will deliver the prestigious Metcalf Endowment Lecture at this year’s 60th annual SUNY Cortland Recreation Conference from Nov. 4-5 at the College... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 42BELOW® Vodka Celebrates 40-Hour Workweek Day - New Zealand Vodka Encourages Americans to Unplug, Log Off and Libate, 10/22 PR Newswire (press release) via prnewswire.com
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- It's no secret that the 40-hour workweek is an endangered species [for the diminishing number of Americans who still have full-time jobs]; in fact it's safe to say it's all but extinct... In honor of the day the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 went into effect [with a 44-hr workweek to be cut two hrs/yr for the next two years], on Sunday, Oct. 24, 42BELOW vodka celebrates 40-Hour Workweek Day... 42BELOW felt compelled to make a 40-Hour Workweek Day cocktail to honor the hard working folks who would really like to screen calls, ignore e-mails and punch out early... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Triathletes Find TrekDesk A Way to Stay Limber Throughout the Day, 10/23 San Francisco Chronicle via Vocus via sfgate.com
    PHOENIX, Ariz. - Bill Elm, a business owner and triathlete with a keen eye for technology and innovations offering a competitive edge was challenged by his long work hours and triathlon training regimens... He found the solution to his problems in the form of an innovation that lets him move continuously throughout his work day: the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.... - see whole article under today's date.
    ["TREADMILL Desk"? - how inviting, not!]


     wed-thu  10/20-21/2010 ::: triweekly updates (archives)
    - updating today from The Pub in Springfield, Mass. (382 Dwight)

    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. Iowa amends its rules on various topics, 10/21 CCH via hr.cch.com
    DES MOINES, Iowa - ..Voluntary shared work program. The duration of a voluntary shared work program by an employer has been extended to 52 weeks (previously, 26 weeks)... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Call to overhaul of security industry, 10/20 AsiaOne via news.asiaone.com
    SINGAPORE - ..Changes suggested include having management processes which are more in line with those of other industries; pushing for shorter working hours; and using technology so that staff could be better deployed... - see whole article under today's date.


     sun-mon-tue 10/17-18-19/2010 ::: 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. Your Town, Texas: Granbury, 10/.18 KERA via publicbroadcasting.net
    DALLAS, Tex. - ..Davis: I've had to cut hours. We've lost a couple of employees, servers and they don't make enough money to stay.
    Bleeker: Two years ago, compared to today, we saw a drop off on some dates as much as 50%. You have to divide the hours up as best you can between those staff
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Law call amid hard time for women, 10/17 (10/18 cuz dateline) The Standard
    HONG KONG, P.R.C. - ..A recent survey by the union found nearly two-thirds of 562 women work between 41 and 60 hours a week, while 11% work more than 60 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Like we said, on the economywide level, if shorter hours meant less pay and longer hours meant more pay, the Chinese would be the highest paid in the world, but they work megahours for peanuts cuz they're a gross labor surplus, and economywide pay goes by supply and demand, not hours or productivity.]
  3. BONUS clip - Few men at DOH avail [selves] of workshare scheme, 10/19 Irish Medical Times via imt.ie
    DUBLIN, Eire - Some 93% of Department of Health staff availing [=taking advantage] of the Civil Service Worksharing Scheme are female, it emerged in the Dáil [Parliament] last week (Thursday)...


     fri -sat 10/15-16/2010 ::: 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. Germany Now Forecast To Have The Best Job Creation Since Unification, Sustainable Growth, And A Falling Deficit, 10/15 The Business Insider via businessinsider.com
    BERLIN, Germany - .."Unemployment is expected to drop below 3 million next year for the first time since reunification two decades ago..." This is misleading. Germany has a system called "kurzarbeit" or job sharing [actually work sharing, more flexible than jobsharing that preserves the 40-hour workweek and merely splits it in half] that is funded by the taxpayers. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Yeah, a little, but less and less misleading as companies come off worksharing, more every day. Meanwhile, the 30 US states and numerous countries that don't have worksharing are still downsizing their consumer base via their employment basement...]
  2. Lack of funding means bumpy roads are ahead for public transit, 10/16 Kalamazoo Gazette via MLive.com
    KALAMAZOO, Mich. - ..Clark Harder, executive director of the MPTA, told members of the local news media Friday that public transportation agencies across the state may be forced to cut hours, modify routes and delay purchasing new vehicles if new sources of funding aren’t established... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS clip - Good health = better productivity - Wellness and fitness initiatives help companies manage their benefits expenses, 10/15 Toronto Globe, E1, E4.
    TORONTO, Ont., Canada - ..Bruce Powell, managing partner..of IQ Partners Inc..suggests that lifestyle perks that save employees time, make their lives easier or improve their quality of life go a long way to entrench loyalty and focus productivity... "Pre-prepared take-home meals or on-call daycare are a boon to time-starved employees with young families and committed time off for personal development is attractive for both [marrieds and singles]... I admire companies that offer things like free personal time for charity work [or] extra time off for personal needs..\.. Bioware, an electronic games company based in Edmonton [offers] standard time off [of] three weeks vacation a year, and on top of that, it provides as much time as it can around the Christmas holidays...


     wed-thu 10/13-14/2010 ::: 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. Betsey Stevenson Answers Your Questions, 10/13 New York Times (blog) via freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com
    WASHINGTON, U.S.A. - ..Q. How can the DOL create a job? Could the DOL mandate a shorter work week, such as 35 hours, to help job creation? – Greg
    A. ..Work-sharing also makes it easy for firms to ramp up when business improves. Even better, it's cheap. Because work sharing is instituted in place of layoffs, the benefits being paid out to workers whose hours are cut is offset by the fact we avoided a full layoff
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 14% of firms to increase jobs, 10/13 Insideireland.ie
    DUBLIN, Ireland - ..The Q3 2010 survey also shows a steady decline in the number of firms placing employees on lay off or short time working when compared to 12 months ago. Over the next 3 months, 9% of companies plan to introduce short-time working (a decrease of 5% on Q2 2010)... 62% will not introduce further short time working... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Lee suggests flexible working hours to help create jobs, 10/14 Yonhap News via english.yonhapnews.co.kr
    SEOUL, South Korea - .."When it comes to the job creation issue, a fundamental paradigm shift is needed," Lee said while presiding over a government-civilian meeting on ways to create jobs held at Bucheon University, west of Seoul...
    [Pres. Lee sounds like a guy who really "gets" it!]
    The president said that..private companies should consider employing more people through the adjustment of working hours. Lee pointed out that the working hours in South Korea are longer than in other member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of the world's 30 richest nations. He said this was not "something to boast about."... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Working too hard for romance? We're on the job, Chief insists, 10/14 (10/15 over dateline) TheStandard.com.hk
    HONG KONG, P.R.C. - ..Tsang promised the government will introduce a law setting standard working hours - but only after reaching a consensus. Setting standard hours could help improve quality of life, he said. "To enhance the competitiveness of the city, citizens need to have more time for life-long learning. It also allows youngsters to have more time for dating."... - see whole article under today's date.


     sun-mon-tue 10/10-11-12/2010 ::: 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. Two proposals received to run the Manske public library, 10/12 Dallas Morning News via farmersbranchblog.dallasnews.com
    FARMERS BRANCH, Tex. - ..Others have suggested shorter hours and work furloughs for library staff--measures instituted by the city of Dallas... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Shorter hours are happening anyway, but in the worst way.]
  2. To be young, educated and unemployed, 10/12 (good.is) SkyValleyChronicle.com
    CHANTILLY, Va. - ..He is living with his mother and, since January, working for 35 hours a week at $10 an hour for a home-electronics chain... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But, but - we see France as so RADICAL because of its nationwide 35-hour workweek!]
  3. Fed Minutes: Economic Growth Continues to Slow, More Easing Expected, 10/12 Benzinga.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Private businesses increased employment modestly in August, but the length of the workweek was unchanged and the unemployment rate remained elevated... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Maybe if we lowered the totally arbitrary length of the pre-computer workweek instead of ignoring and freezing it forever, we'd lower the 'elevated' unemployment rate...]
  4. Pfleiderer shuts down plant in Germany, 10/11 IHB.de
    GESCHWEND, Germany - ..Pfleiderer already adjusted its production capacity at the Gschwend plant to significantly weaker demand more than a year ago. All of the remaining 93 employees there have been on short-time work since then. The management immediately commenced consultations with the local employee council to jointly search for ways of reducing personnel in a socially acceptable manner. In this context, the establishment of a qualification and employment company will also be discussed... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Germany has it soooo together, even when market demand just ain't there, while the United States is still mutilating itself, killing its consumer base with a thousand cuts - on its employment basement.]


     fri-sat 10/08-09/2010 ::: 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. Thirty years ago 96% of a JCB [backhoe loader] was made in Britain - Today it is just 36% - Why? by JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, 10/09 DailyMail.co.uk
    ROCESTER, Staffs., U.K. - ..Maybe Britain would be enjoying the same recovery in economic growth that Germany is going through right now. When the global financial crisis struck, the response of German policymakers was inspirational. Faced with a steep drop in the industrial order book and the prospect of a huge number of engineers, technicians and production-line operatives having to be laid off, what did they do? They found a way of retaining these valuable skills. They introduced short-time working, with the German government paying employees for hours not worked due to the downturn so that their employers could keep them on the payroll. JCB employees in Germany benefited from this forward-looking approach. However, our British employees didn't benefit, because no such short-time working policy existed in this country... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Swindon Borough Council budget cuts approved - Budget cuts totalling £5m have been approved by Swindon borough councillors, 10/08 BBC News via bbc.co.uk
    SWINDON, Wilts., U.K. - ..Mr Bluh said: "We have hundreds and thousands of pensioners... people are on fixed incomes, lots of people are on short-time working, lots of people are struggling... - see whole article under today's date.


     wed-thu 10/06-07/2010 ::: 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. American overwork and German “short work”, 10/06 Grist Magazine via grist.org
    SEATTLE, Ore. -- John de Graaf has a fascinating post on AlterNet about the American culture of overwork and the German policy of Kurzarbeit, or "short work" -- encouraging employers to reduce hours rather than lay workers off when business is slow. In a country with both a worn-out workforce and a major unemployment problem, that seems worth considering...- see whole article under today's date.
  2. Give us weekly offs, fixed working hours: Meru drivers, 10/07 Daily News & Analysis via DNAindia.com/mumbai
    MUMBAI, India - ..In a meeting next week, union leader Vinayak Raut will raise the union's earlier demands of regulating the Meru cab drivers' working hours..and setting up..an independent and efficient maintenance facility for the taxis. Raut said, “We will ask the management to provide the Meru drivers with a weekly off, fixed working hours as well as an efficient maintenance and repair facility... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Some unions are still struggling for sane and predictable working hours - ALL unions need to get back on this, their POWER ISSUE = shorter hours to engineer a reduced labor surplus, instead of defeating themselves by whining for artificially higher pay for a surplus commodity, themselves on a frozen, pre-technology 40-hour workweek that has not been adjusted for 70 years, that is, for over two generations of humans and thousands of generations of worksaving robots.]


     sun-mon-tue 10/03-04-05/2010 ::: 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. U.S. economy won't grow without lower unemployment, 10/04 Corpus Christi Caller Times via caller.com
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Tex. — Q. As a self employed independent contractor the recession reduced my work hours to 32 hours a week... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Overworked Britons struggle to find time for themselves, 10/03 The Guardian via guardian.co.uk
    MANCHESTER, England, England, Acrosst the Atlahntic Sea, And I'm a genius genius - I believe in Gaaaaaawd, And I believe that Gaaaude, Believes in Claaaude - That's me! That's me! (from the musical "Hair")
    - ..And despite an official fall in working hours, Britons are struggling more than ever to find time for themselves, according to new research... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. If you're feeling down, stop doing and start being - Depression is hitting men earlier than ever, but you can beat the blues, 10/05 CITY A.M. via cityam.com
    LONDON, England - ..30% believed shorter working hours would help them get on better with relatives... “..It can be easy to lose touch with the other things that give life value.” In the City, this is exacerbated by long hours and the imperative to be contactable at all hours of the day... - see whole article under today's date.


     fri-sat 10/01-02/2010 ::: 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 Rate Down to 7.2 Percent after Peaking at 8.7 Percent; Can We Learn Anything? 10/01 International Business Times via ibtimes.com
    ..Even at the height of the economic crisis, a government-subsidized short-time work plan that allowed employers to reduce production without cutting employees kept the jobless rate in check... [Now after the height of the crisis] the labor agency estimated that, in July -- the latest month for which it has figures -- 288,000 people were in the short-work program, 111,000 fewer than in June and down nearly four-fifths from its peak in May 2009... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This is the most sarcastic, angry article we've seen about the "Suicide, Everyone Else First"' policies of the American power elite, and we're glad to see that Americans are beginning to wake up and get beyond Tea Party yelling.]
  2. UN warns of unemployment unrest, 10/02 AmericanThinker.com (blog)
    ..Active labour market policies including work-sharing that target vulnerable groups such as young people, and training... - see whole article under today's date.



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    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.

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