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  •  I agree. And I think the USA needs to (7+ / 0-)

    incorporate more use of bikes that can carry more than one person, carry groceries, etc. Some kind of trike, or mini-trailers, or bike-rickshaws, like they use in other countries. I also think we should be able to normalize community carpooling for running errands, grocery shopping, etc, as well as for commuting. So much of this country is laid out in such a way that people can't easily walk to stores.

    •  A 35-hour workweek would allow more people to... (12+ / 0-)

      ...commute by bus, bike or walking. Perhaps we could start by rewarding employers who grant time allowances to employees who get to work without a car.

      To reduce energy consumption, we're all going to have to "slow down" in many ways that will be difficult in a competitive economy.

      Check out the "cargo bikes" here. There's plenty of innovation in this arena.

      Have you noticed?
      Politicians who promise LESS government
      only deliver BAD government.

      by jjohnjj on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 10:52:54 AM PDT

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      •  and it would nudge the 50-hour workweeks towards 4 (3+ / 0-)

        Would be nice. I'm gone for more than 12 hours a day for my public transit or bike commute (it's about 1.5 hours by bike + .5 to shower and get changed and wipe the bike down etc, 2 hours by pubtrans -- each way.)  

      •  WOW! Thanks for the link! There really is (1+ / 0-)
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        a lot available. As I get my knees back into shape I hope to be able to ride a bike again. I could greatly reduce my need for a car with one of those!

      •  The 35-hour week has been under assault in France (0+ / 0-)

        for most of a decade. It never did contribute to increased hiring, just more overtime, and demands for increased per-hour productivity.

        French businesses simply could not insulate themselves from foreign competition, so in 2008, the conservative government changed the regs, giving employers leeway to negotiate extra holidays in exchange for a 40-hour week.

        But if we're headed toward a low-energy, high-automation future, giving workers more leisure time (along with a decent paycheck) seems like a good strategy for conserving energy and reducing unemployment. The social benefits of people spending more time with their children, exercising, tending gardens, etc. seem worthwhile too.

        I just don't know how to get from here to there... 35-hour week? Four-day week? Flex-time? job sharing?

        Have you noticed?
        Politicians who promise LESS government
        only deliver BAD government.

        by jjohnjj on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:09:25 PM PDT

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        •  Why should a worker put in as many hours (if not (3+ / 0-)
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          more) as their grandparents did 50 years ago even when worker productivity is 2.5 times higher?

          In the 1880's, people thought the 40 hour week was an insane demand.  We got it because workers fought anyway.

          income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

          by JesseCW on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:24:03 PM PDT

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      •  35 hour week, double time after 8 hours a day (3+ / 0-)
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        or 40 hours a week.

        We would no longer have an unemployment problem.  Right now, overtime penalties are so minor that lots of employers prefer to work two people 60 hours a week instead of working 3 people 40 hours and having to pay a third set of benefits.

        We can change that easily, if we elect people who give a shit.

        income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

        by JesseCW on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:22:04 PM PDT

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