IBM says it is hiring 100 full-time, long-term manufacturing jobs at its semiconductor plant in Essex Junction, Vermont. While most people will consider this to be good news, I'm betting the anti-IBM screecher groups will find some way to turn this into another chapter in their fictional class-warfare saga of IBM versus the little man.From an article about the jobs on the website of the Vermont Public Radio:
The company says it will hold two job fairs next Monday. One will be held at the state Labor Department office in Burlington in the morning. And the other will be at IBM's offices in Essex Junction.
IBM says about three-quarters of the jobs will be in semiconductor manufacturing. The rest will be in repair and maintenance of the manufacturing line.
The Vermont Public Radio article also links to a jobs site on IBM.com and offers some additional detail.
In the past 10 years, as IBM's revenue and customers have shifted from being primarily based in the U.S. to being spread out across the globe, the company, under CEO Sam Palmisano, has in turn shifted its employee base from mostly in the U.S. to broadly spread around the world to meet the needs of customers and prospects.
Along the way, various labor groups have sought to turn back the hands of time by attempting to unionize IBM's U.S. workforce and browbeat the company into a misguided policy of keeping "our jobs" here in the U.S., regardless of the massive damage such a backward strategy would inflict on the company.
I'm not going to identify those groups because I believe they do enough harm as is-but if you're interested in their anti-business screeds, they're certainly easy enough to find.