Pink slips were distributed at IBM facilities across the globe today, and workers at the Essex Junction plant in Vermont were among those losing their jobs.
IBM has informed the Vermont Department of Labor that it will not object to the department’s disclosure of the total number of employees impacted by recent layoffs.
After Governor Peter Shumlin and Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan urged IBM to grant permission by noon Thursday, Noonan says IBM has complied.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is urging IBM to make public the number of employees it laid off last month at its Vermont facilities.
And the governor says if he and his lawyer conclude the Vermont Public Records Act requires it, his administration will release the number whether IBM wants to or not.
IBM doesn't make layoff numbers public. It reported them to the state, but is telling Vermont officials the number is commercially sensitive and exempt from disclosure under the law.
Vermont officials are urging IBM to release the number of layoffs at its plant in Essex Junction, but the company claims state law allows the information to remain confidential.