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IBM Restructuring Leads To Layoffs In Triangle

Posted June 1, 2005

— IBM's worldwide restructuring plan means layoffs in the Triangle area.

The company notified about 165 employees Tuesday in six divisions that they would be laid off in the Triangle.

In addition, the company laid off 35 local workers last week, bringing the six-day total to about 200.

The company has an 11,000-person workforce in the Triangle. The company announced in May that it would cut 10,000 to 13,000 jobs worldwide.

"They tend to roll these out in small batches so it doesn't gain much attention," said Lee Conrad, national coordinator for Alliance@IBM, the company's labor union. "With the announcement of 13,000 job cuts, it's going to be hard to keep this quiet."

Conrad said Alliance@IBM expects additional layoffs in coming weeks. The union also received reports of job cuts in Endicott, N.Y., and Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday.

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