IBM is going through another layoff that could last all day and into the week, according to a labor union trying to represent the company's workers.
The Alliance@IBM in New York state, where IBM is based, began receiving calls and emails from IBM workers this morning. The layoffs are scattered across various sites and affect numerous divisions, said Lee Conrad, the union organizer.
The scale of the layoffs won't be know for days, but the union reports 350 layoffs as of late afternoon, based on reports received from affected employees. The employees receive layoff notifications that reveal how many colleagues in their departments were affected and how many spared, but don't identify the other employees.
Conrad said he didn't know if anyone lost work today at IBM's Research Triangle Park site, where the company is estimated to employ about 10,000 people.
The group's web site has received more than two dozen online comments anonymously reporting the layoffs, which are called "resource action" in IBM's corporate parlance.
IBM stopped disclosing its workforce numbers several years ago, but company spokesman Douglas Shelton said "IBM is constantly rebalancing its workforce."
"That means reducing in some areas and hiring in others - based on shifts in technology and client demand," Shelton said. "This flexibility allows IBM to remain competitive and relevant in an industry that is constantly changing."
The union, a local of the Communications Workers of America, estimates on its web site that IBM's U.S. workforce has shrunk from nearly 134,000 in 2005 to les than 100,000 last year.
Shelton said the global workforce has grown every year for the past decade to 426,761 as of December 2010.