IBM layoffs hit software group hardest

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    http://www.wral.com/business/story/4375560/

    "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
    high.

    "'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.'"
    impossible, Jan 23, 2009
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