So today I had to make a trip to the Apple Store in stonestown to drop off my Macbook Pro for repairs (LCD and the Hard Drive started to die). Just as I was leaving i noticed two people standing outside. At first I though maybe they where the Defective by Design people as they where in Lab coats (see here)
But after going up to them and getting a flier I notice it was something else and far from tech. They where from a Union, Carpenters LU 405, and were upset over the fact a contractor that apple has hired is no longer using Union contractor. A bit complicated, i know… Check out the flier
This is not a new issue for anyone that has had a business that does construction from time to time, and we have seen many company run afoul of Labor Unions, but, its a bit rare to see Apple names tied in it. Also the novel way that these guys where doing it, almost in a “Union 2.0″ type of way (yes I just made that up) caught me off guard. No pickets, no yelling, nothing. The lab coats kind of add that extra layer of geek to it that just makes it scream “silicon valley”. All they need is to make a facebook group and start posting all over Digg about this and they will be complete.
You can check out the rest of the photos here: http://flickr.com/photos/zuhaib/sets/72157606992531187/