According to published reports and comments on a Website that solicits IBM employees, Big Blue is expected to continue to lay off workers in a move slated to begin as soon as March 1.
According to published reports and comments on a Website that solicits IBM
employees, Big Blue is expected to continue to lay off workers in a move slated
to begin as soon as March 1.
According to WRAL.com
the Website for a TV station in the Raleigh, N.C.,
area, the majority of the expected job cuts are expected to come from IBM's
Research Triangle Park, N.C.,
The cuts are expected to come as part of what IBM
refers to as an "RA," or "resource action," said Lee
Conrad, national coordinator for the Alliance@IBM
a group pushing to unionize IBM employees.
The Alliance@IBM Website features a "job cuts
section where posters identifying themselves as current or former
IBM employees cite job losses they have
witnessed or experienced.
In an e-mail alert, Conrad said:
"Bay Area Lab (Foster City, CA)
- Software (WebSphere Process Server development and support). Big RA on Monday
03/01. Estimated 40-50% will be RA'd in the lab.1on1s ready for Monday morning.
It's really sad after a huge effort in the 4th quarter working late nights and
weekends for nearly 3 months. Other labs in San
Francisco Bay Area-Silicon
Valley will be affected."
One anonymous poster on March 1 wrote: "Job Cuts across GBS (div 5):
operations and practitioners. Around 30% in my area alone (operations)."
Another March 1 poster, identified as "RTPGuy," said:
"Layoffs happening with WebSphere Application Server, AIM
in RTP this morning." And yet another
March 1 poster to the site, identified as "irRational," said,
"Layoffs happening today in Rational Software, Lexington
An IBM spokesperson contacted for comment
on the RA said the company has no comment.
However, according to the Alliance@IBM,
Big Blue has cut its employee ranks by nearly 30,000 over the last five years-from
133,789 in 2005 to 105,000 in 2009.