The layoff total at IBM has reached 1,148 this afternoon as the numbers continue to come in from affected workers around the country, increasing more than fourfold over the figure reported a day ago.
The layoff numbers are being tallied by the Alliance@IBM, an organizing effort of the Communication Workers of America to unionize IBM's workers. An anonymous post on the organizing web site claims to be written by an affected worker at IBM's Research Triangle Park facility.
IBM has not confirmed the layoffs so union organizers are making estimates based on employee information. Affected workers receive information revealing how many employees in their work unit were affected and how many spared.
"It's a lot wider that I thought it was yesterday morning," said organizer Lee Conrad in upstate New York. "These are good-paying high-tech jobs," "They're specialist jobs, they're skilled jobs. And these jobs are going away."
The layoffs took place yesterday, Conrad said. But based on employee reports, more layoffs are expected in March and in April, he said.