IBM is laying off a host of senior managers, including at least six vice presidents, in another round of 215 job cuts among its Systems and Technology Group.

An IBM spokesperson confirmed 38 of the people affected are based in the Triangle.

Unlike recent cutbacks involving contractors and so-called long-term supplemental workers who didn’t receive benefits as full-time employees, the cuts made this week include numerous veteran IBMers up to 68 years in age.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) calls the layoffs “resource reduction actions.”

“In RTP, we did announce a resource action for 38 people,” said IBM’s John Buscemi. He could not confirm the 215 figure. A document provided to noted the 215 positions affected across the STG group. Alliance@IBM, the union seeking to represent IBM workers, also was told 215 figure.

The STG works with IBM clients to provide services and support for new technologies and what IBM calls “niche offerings.”

Some of the jobs affected are being “off-shored,” and IBMers will be tasked with training their replacements.

“This is part of the rebalancing of our skills to balance our customer needs,” Buscemi said.

Lee Conrad, a spokesperson for the union, was outraged by the news.

“The Alliance@IBM has received information that 215 employees in STG have been targeted for a job cut,” Conrad said “It is also rumored that some of these jobs are being sent offshore and employees must train their replacements.

“For IBM to fire U.S. workers and send the work offshore at a time of rising unemployment and economic crisis is unacceptable and, frankly, disgusting.”

IBM reported a profit of $2.82 billion in the quarter ending Sept. 30. That represented an increase of $46 million from the same quarter a year earlier, and its profit of $2.05 per share exceeded Wall Street expectations by 2 cents.

The IBM layoffs are the latest in a series made by high-tech, financial services and life science firms in the Triangle, including Fidelity Investments, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Sony Ericsson and Nortel.

Specific STG services include implementation, development and integration of various IBM products as well as data migration and storage, application development, network traffic analysis and systems management.

According to the IBM document provided to, positions being eliminated include a “distinguished engineer” as well as numerous “directors” and “senior” specialists in a variety of areas.

Buscemi would not talk about what positions or business group were affected. “We don’t discuss business groups because of competitive reasons,” he said.

Some employees were notified on Monday that they had 30 days in which to find another job within the company or leave. Others were told they would be employed until they had completed training their replacements. Among those is a group of nine people whose responsibilities are being transferred to Taiwan, was told.

“I was told to go home until I found a job,” one longtime IBM employee told on the condition that he not be identified.

Alliance@IBM, the fledgling union based in New York that is seeking to represent IBM workers, noted that it had been told numerous executives were being let go.

“They have until January to leave IBM, and some are being asked to go to Dubai [in the United Arab Emirates] or China to work,” the union was told. “Some are being re-leveled [demoted] back to the field in sales.”

The layoff news broke Monday ‘”with no warning – nothing,” the IBM employee told WRAL.

Workers who face the 30-day deadline have one hope: IBM has more than 900 open positions in the Triangle area, where the company employs some 10,000 people. The RTP campus is IBM’s largest.

However, Conrad dismissed the idea that many of those workers being laid off would not lose their jobs.

“IBM should find jobs for all these employees and not just resort to ‘window dressing’ policies of 30 days to find a job inside IBM that usually means 10 percent find jobs,” Conrad said.