The employees that are being laid off are from RIM's Bedford facility in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. Thankfully, the province's minister of economic development has stated that support will be provided to those who lost their jobs.
An interesting detail surrounding the layoffs surfaced, though, which managed to catch the media's attention. According to one of the impacted employees, who received an email the night before she was dismissed, the company's attitude towards them has been very cold and impersonal:
The former RIM employee goes on to add:
Immediately after the "meeting", the employees have been escorted out of the RIM offices, and that was that. As you probably know already, all of these layoffs are part of the manufacturer's grand plan to save about $1 billion in annual costs.