Here's some my piece on IBM's layoffs in today's paper. However, I am still interested in talking to Rochester area people who were caught in this round of job cuts. I'd like to put as much of a human face on this this as possible.
Industry watchers estimate that IBM may have slashed hundreds of jobs from its payrolls Monday, including many in Rochester and nearly 1,100 nationwide, according to one source.
Speculation by some IBM insiders estimated as many as 160 Rochester area employees may have lost their jobs. However, the company would not comment on any job cuts here or elsewhere.
Reports of layoffs started as soon as IBM's offices opened at 9 a.m. Monday. By mid-morning today, the pro-union Alliance@IBM group had tallied an unofficial total of 1,098 jobs cut nationally.
One laid-off IBM employee told the Post-Bulletin that his manager stated that none of the laid-off workers would leave the company before the end of March and none would stay beyond the end of June.
Local IBMers confirmed anonymously that the some Rochester jobs were cut, but none hazarded to estimate how many.
A Rochester man who had worked for IBM for more than 20 years was among those notified. Layoff materials he received show that that 58 people were laid off from the same department, though not all in Rochester. Of the 58, 54 were older than 40.