IBM U.S. layoffs begin

Feb. 27, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

IBM Corp. began layoffs in the United States on Thursday, a company spokesman confirmed in an email.

The technology company is a major employer in the Research Triangle Park, but it doesn’t break down its employee count by location.
In response to questions about how the company’s RTP staff was impacted by the workforce reductions, Doug Shelton, a spokesman for the company, said in an email that he could only confirm that the U.S. reductions began Thursday.
Alliance@IBM, an advocacy organization for IBM employees that wants union bargaining rights with the company, reported that layoffs had occurred in the company’s Research Triangle Park offices as well as in locations in Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, and Vermont.
On the group’s website, there were two reports of layoffs from employees in the RTP from the company’s Global Business Services department.
Layoffs in other countries had already taken place this year, Alliance@IBM reported, with the largest cuts made through Feb. 15 in India.
The job cuts weren’t unexpected.
In a conference call about the company’s financial results earlier this year, IBM’s chief financial officer and senior vice president said IBM was expecting to spend another $1 billion in costs, plus or minus $100 million, this year for workforce reductions.
Last year, IBM had announced that it would be taking $1 billion in charges for a workforce reduction. That reduction meant job cuts estimated of between 4,000 to 5,000 in the United States, said Lee Conrad, national coordinator for Alliance@IBM.
Last year in the second quarter, IBM was the No. 2 employer in Durham County behind Duke University with more than 1,000 employees, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.