IBM, the world's largest technology services company, is cutting 1,315 services-related jobs in the United States, a union trying to organize IBM workers said Tuesday. The cuts affect employees in a variety of areas including computer server systems operations, technology integration and management and financial services, said the Alliance at IBM, a union group affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, on its Web site.
IBM spokesman John Bukovinsky said he could not confirm the number of job cuts. He said such cuts "should not be a surprise" as the company indicated after its latest earnings report on April 17 that it planned to cut costs in the United States. Union representatives were not immediately available for comment. IBM had 355,766 employees worldwide at the end of 2006, according to its annual report.