WRAL Tech Wire, which quotes internal documents provided by IBM employees, says the layoffs total 870 so far.
A union official tells the news site that number could keep climbing, maybe into the thousands, with layoffs continuing into March.
Disgruntled workers receiving their pink slips are sounding off on an IBM employee union site. Many of them say they won't miss the place. Says one anonymous commenter: "Got the golden ticket out of hell yesterday which was the second best day of my IBM career."
It's unclear how the cuts will affect the Rochester workforce. The Post-Bulletin says it can only speculate and that it's nearly impossible to get hard numbers out of Big Blue.
A bit of IBM trivia: The company in its early years published an official songbook, "Songs of the I.B.M." Here's a clip of one of those songs: