Updated Feb. 27, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Premium Lock IBM stops disclosing numbers, ages, titles in layoff documents

Published: 2014-02-27 15:19:00
Updated: 2014-02-27 15:30:51

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IBM confirms that it is no longer including in "Resource Action" documentation for laid-off workers a variety of information that described the impact of job cuts in each worker's group. Ages, titles and numbers of workers are gone. The union seeking to represent IBM workers protests the decision....

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Ah I do not know of one person that did not know what their job title was and what their job responsibilities were supposed to be. The term layoffs vs firing. If it were me, I would want to be indicated as having been laid off. If an employer FIRES someone, then they will not be able to collect unemployment. Also, if IBM lays you off, that does not preclude the possibility of being rehired. If however, they fire a person, they will flag with HR whether or not that person can ever be rehired. There is a vast vast difference between modern usage of laid off vs fired.
It's unlikely that even 10% of employees know what their official job titles are as it's only recorded on personal records that only managers see, so claiming they're protecting employee privacy makes no sense. This is simply hiding the size & scope of the layoff numbers people can't publicize or analyze the information.
Rick thanks for covering this story. Not sure why the big media doesn't pick up on what IBM is up to. Hiding information (don't forget they stopped reporting US headcount in 2010), 401k contribution moved to Dec, and so much more.
Please use the proper word: "firings" and not "layoffs". "Layoffs" was a term coined by unions to describe folks who were laid off when the workload was low, only to be brought back when the workload picked up. Don't take my word for it though, take it from the people who have been fired:

http://www.endicottalliance.org/jobcutsreports.php
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