IBM Layoffs Hit North American Work Force

Amanda White

In an effort to "rebalance" its work force, IBM has reportedly laid off workers in North America this week. The layoff numbers vary: A post at says that Alliance@IBM, a union-organizing group affiliated with the Communication Workers of America, is reporting 1,100 cuts, while this InformationWeek story says the number is more than 800 - a number it says comes from severance documents received by workers.

The InformationWeek post breaks down the layoff numbers, with most of them, it says, coming from the Global Technology Services outsourcing group:

Some 183 workers were laid off in the GTS application hosting unit, 179 were let go in GTS Delivery Distributed Server Management, and 128 employees lost their jobs in GTS Information Technology Services. In addition, 106 workers were laid off in IBM's Systems & Technology Group, which manufactures servers and computer chips. The cuts also impacted smaller pockets of workers in various other units.

The cuts come after the company reported that its fourth-quarter earnings beat expectations. In 2011, IBM earned $15.86 billion, or $13.06 per share, up 7 percent from 2010.

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