The estimated number of casualties from Monday's layoff at IBM has risen to 1,440 and is likely to be close to the final tally, according to a labor union that is trying to organize IBM's workers.
"This is a big one," said union organizer Lee Conrad in New York. "It's close to the final number."
Conrad said that a half-dozen anonymous emails from IBM's site in Research Triangle Park indicates that North Carolina was not spared in this round of layoffs. The jobs being eliminated in this country are being sent to other countries, the posts say.
The Alliance@IBM began reporting IBM's layoffs on Monday as reports began trickling in from affected workers. The Alliance was able to estimate the layoff totals because affected workers receive notices disclosing how many workers in their units were let go and how many spared.
The organization's web site lists 20 business units in North America affected by the layoffs.
IBM has declined comment on the layoffs. A company spokesman said IBM continuously adjusts its workforce to meet market demand by realigning staff and by hiring.
The Alliance, a part of the Communications Workers of America, expects another round of layoffs at IBM this month, based on intelligence from IBM employees.