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More IBM Job Cuts Coming, Employee Group Says

The group says it's received internal documents indicating more layoffs could be coming by the end of the month in Vermont.

COLCHESTER, VT - More job cuts could be coming at IBM in Essex Junction.

Alliance@IBM, an organization representing big blue employees, says it's received internal documents indicating job cuts are on the way at the facilities in Vermont and New York.

“Unfortunately it's going to impact us again,” Earl Mongeon, a senior process operator at IBM in Essex and vice-president for Alliance@IBM, said.

Mongeon says employees are still reeling from the 419 layoffs from last summer and the recent news of more possible job cuts has people worried again.

“Everybody's just ‘oh am I gonnna be next? Am I gonna be on the list?” Mongeon said.

The report from Alliance@IBM says the decisions for layoffs were made January 24th and impacted employees would find out February 25th.

“They don't know and it's been like that for the last ten years,” Mongeon said.

 We asked to see the documents on which the report was based but were denied.

If the layoffs take place the report from Alliance@IBM says state governments in New York and Vermont will be notified about the layoffs the day after they're slated to happen because of the federal Warn Act.  The Warn Act mandates employers notify state governments of layoffs if at least 500 employees are being cut or 33 percent of the workforce is let go.

The report from Alliance@IBM says the job cuts are part of an company initiative to reach $20 of earnings per stock share.

An IBM spokesperson would not comment on the possibility of job cuts.

 Vermont Department of Labor commissioner Annie Noonan says she cannot comment either. She did say the agency is still working with IBM employees who were let go last summer. and that any mass layoffs will have an impact on local governments and communities.

“They've got local budgets, they've got local schools, you know you have other employers in the area who depend perhaps on that employer,” Noonan said.

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