IBM layoffs hit software group hardest
"Especially hard hit was the IBM Software Group, according to IBM workers'
posts to the Alliance@IBM union Web site and in e-mails to WRAL.com and
Local Tech Wire.
"There have been rumors of layoffs hitting as many as 16,000 - a number
predicted by one Wall Street analyst, the union and some IBM employees - but
John Buscemi of IBM corporate media relations said that number was much too
"'IBM manages its workload and its talent on a global basis,' Buscemi said.
'However, today's announcement affects North America.'
"An unknown number of layoffs were at IBM's Research Triangle Park campus,
which is Big Blue's largest with more than 11,000 employees. Several workers
told WRAL.com and LTW that they or people they worked with were given 30
days' notice to find another job within the company. If the notified workers
could not find other positions, they would be terminated. Alliance@IBM, the
union that is seeking to represent IBM workers, said 1,400 or more people
were affected by the resource action in the software group alone.
"The cuts aren't over, warned IBM Alliance Coordinator Lee Conrad. 'I wouldn't
be surprised if Global Services was affected,' Conrad said. 'We hear that on
the 27th, the technology group will be hit.'"
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