September 1, 2008

Job Cuts Taking Place at Hewlett-Packard’s Boise-Based Imaging and Printing Group

By Hagadone, Zach

In what one employee, who asked his/her name be withheld, has called "Black Monday," a round of job cuts is taking place at Hewlett-Packard's Boise-based Imaging and Printing Group today, part of the company's global reorganization of the division.

While HP officials wouldn't comment on specific numbers or areas in which positions will be eliminated, the Idaho Business Review and its news partner KTVB both received confirmation from several employees - one a 31-year veteran of the company - that their jobs had been cut. HP employs over 3,000 workers at its Boise facility.

HP spokesman Scott Stalla issued this statement:

"As part of the HP Imaging and Printing Group's (IPG) continued Print 2.0 transformation, the business announced plans in June 2008 to realign and streamline its organization by reducing the number of its global business units from five to three customer solutions- oriented businesses. The realignment of IPG's business entails shifting resources from slower growing businesses to new business opportunities. In some cases, parts of IPG's business will experience reductions while investments will be made in high growth segments of the business. These decisions will be made at the level of the global business unit and are not specific to HP sites. Consistent with its transformation, IPG will continue to proactively manage the challenges of the current market and consider changes that will position the business to win today and in the future."

Idaho Department of Labor spokesman Bob Fick said the state had not received notification from the company of any layoffs, but added that didn't "mean anything." The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies laying off 500 or more employees to give 60 days' notice or pay a fine equivalent to the affected workers' salaries during the 60-day period.

Other sources within HP, who also requested their names be withheld due to their current employment at the Boise campus, confirmed that cuts were taking place but said the impact would be "minimal." Those sources added that laid off workers will have six weeks to find another job within the company or look elsewhere.

The reorganization of HP's Imaging and Printing Group was made public in June, when statements were issued that the company would reduce its five IPG groups to three. Layoffs began last week at HP's facilities in Corvallis, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash., where about 300 positions were eliminated.

Employees who are willing to go on the record or confirm information are encouraged to write to [email protected] or call 639-3529.

Credit: Zach Hagadone

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