Sun Lays Off 1,500 Workers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-03-31 Print this article Print

Sun Microsystems management confirms the company is laying off another 1,500 workers as part of a plan launched in November 2008 to cut between 5,000 and 6,000 jobs. Sun cut 1,300 positions in January.

Sun Microsystems has confirmed that it will lay off an additional 1,500 workers during the week of March 30.

A company spokesperson said on March 31 that Sun would be sending layoff notices to some 1,500 workers. These layoffs follow a round of layoffs Sun did in January when the company let 1,300 workers go. The layoffs are part of Sun's plan, announced in November 2008, to lay off between 5,000 and 6,000 employees.

Meanwhile, Sun is in talks with IBM for IBM to acquire Sun in a deal some observers speculate would be worth between $6 billion and $7 billion. However, should IBM acquire Sun, it will likely provide no solace to beleaguered Sun employees, as IBM itself has had a series of layoffs, expected to reach upward of 10,000, according to a union organization called Alliance@IBM.

Sun officials said the layoffs would impact all levels of the company and both its U.S. and international operations.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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