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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A purge is underway at IBM company sites around the world in a "resource action" code-named Project Chrome.  Thousands of loyal Big Blue employees are trying to find safe ways to speak out without risking the loss of their severance packages, as they now focus on building a life after IBM.

"28 years with the company, just turned 55 and always a 1 or 2+ performer till this last PBC - 3! I was SHOCKED! Given my heart, soul, and anything else laying around to IBM. How does this happen?" cried out one dedicated employee, posting on the "Alliance@IBM" blog run by the Communication Workers of America union.

"I actually first heard of this RA by reading the KTTC Facebook post this morning," wrote one Rochester IBMer, "so I did not know it was coming. Many others did know however. I am not one to follow the chat around the water cooler, that just reaffirms that defeated feeling of helplessness we all have. I only know of 3 folks in our area that were RA'd. They were all near retirement age, which is all too common it seems."

That a large number of IBM employees hand-picked for layoff by their supervisors were nearing retirement age is a familiar theme heard in the voices speaking out around the U.S. 

"RA'd today after 31 years," noted one IBMer from western New York. "Was planning to retire very soon anyway. Good luck to those left to pick up where I left off. I've been where you are now, don't make too many plans for the weekends this year."

"Got RA'ed today. 31 years at IBM. 19 months away from being eligible for FHA," posted another. "At first I was shocked. I figured it would probably happen this way some day, I just didn't expect it to be today. I've been dealing with this BS since the first "surplusing" back in the early '90s. Back then they would say it's not that you don't have valuable skills, it's that we have a "surplus" of skills and we have to let some go. Whatever whatever..... You want to run this company into the ground...have at it. How my FLM sleeps at night having to deliver the message to hard working, loyal employees is beyond me."

"Even though a 2 PBC rating received, I got the RA package today. Cost cutting and efficiency. Manager was a total tool, read from script, and when I asked how long she had known about this, she stated that is confidential. After 34 years, what a way to be shown the door."

Others noted that "globalization" was given as a reason for eliminating an entire IBM unit, and a number of those sharing their bad news on Wednesday noted that their work was being diverted to India.  And some saw it coming.

"Got Chromed today, not shocked. Usual package: 1 week/6 months at IBM unless your last two PBC ratings were both 3 or worse. So all you folks who got your first 3 ever should be fine in terms of getting the regular package. Not much else to say, except I am happy to have worked with some damn fine people, and for a historically important and innovative company. Now it's time to find a currently important and innovative one."

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