February 28, 2012

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IBM conducts new round of layoffs

POUGHKEEPSIE – A number of employees at IBM in Poughkeepsie and East Fishkill were among Big Blue’s workers nationwide to be given pink slips on Monday, according to a labor union official.

IBM spokesman Doug Shelton said given the competitive nature of their business, they do not publicly discuss details of their staffing plans, but IBM employees have reported layoffs to Lee Conrad, national coordinator of the Alliance@IBM/CWA Local 1701.

“IBM started having job cuts again across the country; we are hearing reports from workers in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill that jobs cuts have happened there as well,” Conrad said. “About eight different business units so, we believe, have had cuts.”

“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.”


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