On December 9 we reported that Rev. Jesse Jackson and Apple's Tim Cook met again over diversity issues in the workplace. Jackson noted that he was impressed with Cook and the conversation that they had. You'd think that Apple working with Jackson would have produced some positive fruit. But according the Mercury news, the group that Jackson supports stormed Apple's Silicon Valley campus last night in the latest call for the company to improve its workers' living standards.
Silicon Valley's Mercury news reported that "The energy in the crowd mounted when Jackson arrived, directing the demonstrators to repeat after him word for word: "We marvel at the growth of high tech and biotech, but we are the foundation."
Guided by the civil rights leader, the crowd continued: "We fight today in the rain for job security and justice."
After Jackson left for the airport, the protesters marched into an Apple building to deliver a petition, signed by 20,000 people, which calls for the company to lead a charge for better working conditions for service workers in the Silicon Valley.
Emboldened, the protesters crowded the lobby chanting "Sí se puede" ("Yes, we can") and waved a sign reading, "Apple dodges taxes, we pay the price."
What's the use of holding meaningful discussions with Rev. Jackson if the fruit of it delivers loud disrespectful behavior and tactics like this? Jackson can't hide and say he knew nothing of this. Was he trying to intimidate Apple's CEO? That's an unfortunate turn of events that could sour future discussions with Jackson, and who would blame Apple.