Alliance at IBM, the union seeking to represent IBM (NYSE: IBM) workers and hich does have members in the Research Triangle area and North Carolina, is calling for “informational pickets” at several IBM sites on April 24.

The demonstration in RTP is set between 4-5 p.m. at the intersection of Davis Drive and East Cornwallis Road, the Alliance says.

The focus is “SOS!” or “Stop Off-Shoring our jobs.”

Other demonstrations are in the process of being scheduled at:

  • Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Sidewalk in front of Spackenkill Plaza, Rt 9 4pm to 5pm
  • Endicott complex, N.Y.: Corner of North and McKinley, 4pm to 5pm
  • Boca Raton, Fla: Congress Ave. 4pm to 5pm.
  • Burlington, VT: location and time TBA
  • Boulder, Colo: Location and time TBA
  • Rochester, MN: Location and time TBA

A “resource action” – or round of layoffs – hit IBM’s U.S. work force last month and “R.A.” documents spelling out the work groups affected and how many workers were involved are still being leaked to Alliance.

The union believes more than 2,500 employees were laid off, but documents so far list just under 1,900.

Based on worker comments, Alliance believes many of the jobs are being off-shored to other countries such as India and China. 

IBM’s U.S. work force now numbers under 100,000, according to Alliance estimates. IBM no longer specifies employment numbers by location or country.

The numbers with Alliance estimates noted (*):

  • 2012: *96,200
  • 2011: *98,000
  • 2010:*101,000
  • 2009: 105,000
  • 2008: 115,000
  • 2007: 121,000
  • 2006: 127,000
  • 2005: 133,789

IBM employs an estimated 10,000 people across North Carolina.