Protesters Headed to Apple Stores Tomorrow on iPad Launch
If there's a huge group of people standing outside your local Apple store tomorrow... they're in line to buy the new iPad. But if there's a really small group standing near that really big group, it may be protesters. As it turns out, on Thursday night, plans for a labor-related protest were put in the works.
Tomorrow's protests will be an extension of those sparked recently by Mark Shields who spearheaded a petition drive and international protest to express disapproval of the "poor working conditions" found in the Chinese factories Apple uses to produce its products, like the new iPad.
"Apple hasn't crossed the finish line yet," Shields said. "New product releases, like the iPad 3 this week, have typically been the most dangerous for workers because of the incredible pressure they are under to meet release production deadlines."
So far, Shields has enjoyed a considerable amount of success, at least in terms of galvanizing support for his laudable efforts. To date, some 250,000 consumers have signed their names to his petition demanding that Apple step up to the plate and do more to protect the health and well-being of those who make Apple products overseas.