FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brittany Serra, (845) 200-9716
SENATOR BALL STATEMENT ON IBM LAYOFFS: “HERE WE GO AGAIN!”
Brewster, N.Y. – (2/28912) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) has learned that nearly 700 IBM workers nationwide have been laid off in a recent round of job cuts. Local workers in Poughkeepsie are among the layoffs, according to he Alliance@IBM, a workers group.
“A few months back I stood alone, warning of my fears of relying upon promises from IBM, a global outsourcing giant, without getting those guarantees in writing. These new reports are deeply troubling and once again show why my demands that NY state demand specifics from IBM were legitimate. We must hold IBM accountable for any direct or indirect benefits they receive from NY taxpayers. They have already received hundreds of millions of dollars from New York State taxpayers. And, we know IBM has a history of cashing checks from taxpayers while simultaneously patenting a new technology specifically designed to outsource our jobs in America,” Senator Ball said. “Back in October, I warned our leaders that we should not reward these global giants with an even larger giveaway of corporate welfare. But, IBM was handed another $400 million. That money could have been divided into 1,600 or more small business loans, spreading opportunity to new businesses and entrepreneurs statewide. In fact, a portion could have immediately went to fix bridges, roads and crumbling infrastructure, putting thousands of New Yorkers back to work. Instead, we have once again made a deal, evidently without written guarantees, with a global outsourcing giant and the taxpayers are now left holding the bag as employees get pink slips. I don’t care if I have to continue to be the sole voice on this, this is unacceptable.”
Senator Ball will hold a press conference on Thursday discuss his legislation that would end tax incentives for companies that offshore jobs, and he will also renew calls for the state to get a guarantee from IBM. Details for the press conference are TBD and will be announced in an advisory later today. For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Brittany Serra (845) 200-9716.