IBM layoffs rise to nearly 1,800 workers

dranii@newsobserver.comMarch 20, 2012 

The estimated number of layoffs at technology giant IBM has once again been revised upward.

The latest tally from Alliance@IBM, a union that for years has been trying to organize IBM workers, reports that the job losses in North America have risen to 1,790 workers – up from its earlier estimate of 1,650. The layoffs cut across 26 IBM business units.

It’s unclear how many jobs have been cut in Research Triangle Park, where IBM employs an estimated 10,000 workers.

IBM, consistent with its past practice, has declined to comment on the job cuts. A company spokesman previously said the company responds to market demands by constantly adjusting its workforce.

Alliance@IBM estimates job cuts based on notices that laid-off workers receive that disclose the impact of job cuts in their particular units. Those reports have been trickling into Alliance@IBM, which is part of the Communications Workers of America, since layoffs were initiated at the end of February.

Some of the anonymous postings on the union’s website say that U.S. jobs are being transferred to other countries.

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