Employees of Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp. who are members of the Alliance@IBM, CWA Local 1701, have a sharp message for management to deliver at IBM's annual meeting today. Alliance members are passing out leaflets to shareholders as they arrive and address the meeting on key shareholder proposals. Following the meeting, they are joining members of the Programmers Guild, Jobs with Justice and other union supporters in a rally opposing the offshoring of American jobs by U.S. high tech companies

There are two critical issues for IBM employees and former employees--the loss of jobs through IBM's increased focus on outsourcing and cost cutting that has hit retirees hard, says Lee Conrad, national coordinator for the Alliance. 

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