IBM To Make Big Jobs Cuts to Dutchess County WorkforceJun 13th, 2013 | By Jay Long | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
IBM has announced that it will cut nearly 700 hundred employees from its two Dutchess County facilities starting this fall. The East Fishkill facility will be hardest hit with 369 employees losing their jobs while the IBM in Poughkeepsie will lose 328.
The last day of employment for the affected employees will be no earlier than September 10th, 2013.
Following the news of the upcoming workforce reduction, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that in addition to partnering with the New York Department of Labor Rapid Response team, he will begin working with other elected officials and community leaders to create a Community Transition Team that brings community leaders and organizations together to leverage resources to help families through these difficult situations.
“This is devastating news for our neighbors and friends at IBM,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “But I want them to know that their community is here for them, and we will do whatever possible to get them through this difficult time and get them back to work as soon as possible.”
Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, in a pro-active move announced that Dutchess County Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Economic Development Ron Hicks reached out to the Governor’s Office and the New York State Department of Labor’s Regional Rapid Response Coordinator, to set up a conference call with members of the newly created Dutchess County Economic Development Alliance (Dutchess County, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board, and New York Small Business Development Center) to identify resources available locally with the goal of coordinating a response and offering assistance that augments the state’s programs.
“Today,(Wednesday) IBM announced an anticipated global workforce reduction as the company moves toward a focus on Big Data, Cloud Computing, social business networking and mobile computing opportunities”, said Molinaro. “Based on IBM’s correspondence with the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board, this workforce reduction permanently affects 697 IBM employees working in Dutchess County, and is further indication that the national and state economy remains uncertain. What is certain is that too many families will have been given devastating news today.”
Molinaro also said that as he understands it, IBM has made the affected employees eligible for a broad range of services and assistance designed to support them through the transition. These services would include continuing benefits, as well as access to outplacement services, retraining assistance, personal financial planning and career counseling for the employee, and personal counseling services for employees and their family members.
Any individuals impacted by the job losses can contact Maloney’s Newburgh Office at 845-561-1259 for assistance and a resource packet that contains helpful information and tools. Individuals can also access more information on Rep. Maloney’s website at seanmaloney.house.gov