The tragedy in our workplace seems to have limitless impact upon all of
us. We seem not to know what to do. Not our economic advisors, not our
legislators, not even our business people. It is as though the crisis
in our workplace goes on unabated.
It is exciting, therefore, to find that some people have now provided some
encouraging possibilities which might at least dilute, to some extent,
the crisis that exists in our workplace across the country. A recent
New York Times article discussed the possibility of addressing mass layoffs by reducing the workweek
for employees rather than terminating positions. The idea of reducing
an employee's workweek rather than terminating the employee might
remedy, to some extent, the need for an employer to terminate the employee
entirely. At least it appears to be worth the effort to consider this
option as an initial step, before the employee's position is eliminated
entirely. It might well be that the savings to the company will, as a
first step, be adequate to temporarily prevent mass layoffs in some circumstances.
We would like to confirm our support of any employers who pursue, in a
meaningful fashion, part-time reductions in employees' workweeks as
a first step. Hopefully, in some cases, it may be adequate financial relief
for an employer, thereby eliminating the need for the mass layoffs that
have recently been taking place. It seems to us, that taking a first step
is always the way to begin.