IBM to lay off 30 employees in Baltimore

September 30, 1994|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Sun Staff Writer

About 30 workers at the Baltimore office of International Business Machines Corp. have been told they will lose their jobs by the end of November under the company's consolidation efforts.

The giant computer company announced earlier this month that it would eliminate 3,000 jobs nationwide in coming months. IBM wants to reduce its work force to 215,000 employees by cutting 35,000 jobs by the end of the year through layoffs, attrition and retirements.

IBM said those workers affected by the cuts would be given the chance in the next two months to find jobs at other operations around the country, according to IBM spokesman Andrew Kindzie in Washington.

Workers who don't find jobs by Nov. 30 will be laid off and receive severance payments equal to between eight and 26 weeks of salary depending on their length of service, Mr. Kindzie said. The company will also provide job hunting assistance.

IBM's Baltimore office, at 100 E. Pratt St., has about 400 workers and is part of company's marketing and service division, Mr. Kindzie said. The division includes about 1,000 workers in seven or eight offices in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, he said.

About 65 people in the overall division were notified last week that their jobs would end, Mr. Kindzie said. He said he was unaware of more possible cuts in this division.

IBM has 2,600 workers in Maryland, including its Bethesda offices, which serve federal agencies.

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