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.