Steve Jobs's biological father regrets never meeting his son, Chinese workers unimpressed with the resignation

Steve Jobs's biological father regrets never meeting his son, Chinese workers unimpressed with the resignation
The biological father of Steve Jobs, who is of Syrian descent, is now in regrets he had never met his uber-successful son, and only emailing him from time to time for his birthdays.

Apple's former CEO was given for adoption as his mother's family was against her having a kid from Abdulfattah John Jandali, who, at 80 years of age, is now a VP of one casino in Nevada, workaholic as his son. The granddad passed away shortly after Steve Jobs was adopted, and his biological parents reunited, but there wasn't much they could do about rolling the adoption back.

"I'd be lying if I said it doesn’t sadden me to have not been part of my son’s incredible journey. What father wouldn’t think that? And I would think that even if he was not the head of a hugely successful company", says Mr Jandali. "Now I just live in hope that, before it is too late, he will reach out to me, because even to have just one coffee with him just once would make me a very happy man".

On the other end of the globe, however, Chinese workers who were treated to poisonous compounds while assembling screens for Apple's gadgets, are unimpressed with Steve Jobs's resignation and health issues. Jia Jingchuan, an assemblyman in his twenties, has written personal messages to Steve Jobs this year, and didn't get any response. “Steve Jobs was indifferent to our poisoning and evaded his responsibility. There should be policies to protect the poisoned workers and pay the health expenditures for the victims,” he'd said in a statement released by the Hong Kong labor group Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM).

The group has called on the new CEO Tim Cook to address the problem: "The massive poisoning at Wintek is a serious breach of the labor law and Apple’s code of conduct. Corporate social responsibility is no more than rhetoric if there is no remedy to the workers for the code infringement. SACOM demands Apple under the leadership of Tim Cook has dialogue with the workers as soon as possible."

Most workers affected, however, have already left, and the rest don't keep their hopes high something will change after the resignation. Wan Qiuying, who was also poisoned at Wintek, had said “Jobs retiring doesn't have much to do with our case. Nothing happened then, now time has passed, we didn't have expectations”. All these grumblings, however, are probably the last thing on the mind of Steve Jobs right now.

via NYP & GlobalPost



1. applesuxz unregistered

Wow not sure how accurate those statements are from the Chinese workers but if that's really the case Apple needs better business ethics. I'm sure a lot of companies employ similar workers but Apple is a global leader in its industry and should set an example of work conditions.

12. ilia1986 unregistered

Dude - it's Apple. Of course they need better business ethics. They always did. Way before the foxconn and poison incidents.

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i don't think the workers understand they work for foxconn, lg, samsung etc... apple isn't gonna go tell those companies what to do.. its up to the companies to protect their own workers

24. RicNP

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

@Lucas777 correct, but it is Apple's responsability to subcontract companies that have good business ethics and that are at the same level of Apple's standards, otherwise they are being negligent.

36. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya i understand but thats addressing a problem far along the chain instead of going after the true problem...

26. Sam unregistered

Ethics? Moving those plants to China meant they can make parts without the environmental laws in the US. You really don't think Apple or any other company from the US knows about that? Wow you really must be drinking that brain washing Kool Aid.

45. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Excellent point - companies all around the world go to CHINA for that reason - to avoid regulation. Remember the Olympics a while back?? SMOGVILLE.......or, at least it would have been if the CHINESE government had not told companies to stop polluting the place....had not told people to drive cars. CHINA's oil consumption rivals the US.

2. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

biography channel wannabe :)

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow. didnt know jobs was adopted. sorry pops, i realize time is short but you had your whole life to make good with him and could have done so at any time.

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1. That was my question as I was reading the article. Why no attempt by pops to reach out to his son?

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

jobs might not have much interest in having a relationship with his real father. If you got super successful and THEN family started crawling out of the woodwork, would you? Its a pretty pathetic ploy on his dads part though. "Let me whine on the internet about how i never see my son i gave up 50 years ago, and now hes super successful and probably terminal.. and now i want him back in my life!" yea, go find your money train elsewhere, pops.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

either that or he found out his dad was rockin a galaxyS lol. probably tried to sue him for it!

40. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

I do have my doubts, but I need to think both ways: maybe he is being a hypocrite or maybe not. The article does says that his biological father emailed Jobs "... from time to time for his birthdays. " This means at least a couple of years. Who says he had being trying to reach him but Jobs didn't want to do any thing about it. Well, that's his personal decision. The article also says that the biological father "is now a VP of one casino in Nevada" and also that he is a "workaholic" so even if Jobs has tons of money, this man is not living in middle class and likes to work a lot. So I don' t think he's after money. To become a VP you must have to had work hard (that' s what' s expected) or have money or a status. Personally, I've seen cases where both a parent and adult son/daughter is too ashamed, fearful of rejection or too angry to get closed to each other when they're are already grownups.... We really don' t know all the circumstances.

41. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011 Might seem like a soap opera to some, but I'm sure some of you have heard/know similar true stories.

4. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

No one is making them work there. And if they are forced to work in these conditions they they have bigger issues at hand.

5. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

For a lot of them it's work or starve your family. Which would you pick?

29. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

work and stop complaining

48. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

They sign up to work at a factory. They don't sign up to be poisoned due to upper management decisions on cost and corner cutting.

49. E.J.Su

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

if only I could voted "bad comment" 2 million times...

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I could freeze ice on your skin.

18. dv unregistered

Please do a little reasearch on what an average Chinese person would do for a job. More importantly what a job means to them. You could possible look into the human rights issues within the Chinese culture, and the reason loads of manufacturing is done in China. Corporate responsibility is non existant when it comes to the treatment of labor producing their goods.

30. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Im sorry guys. But i have worked in some messed up places, I dont complain. I just work and move up. But like you said maybe i should read a book or two. Awe well moving on.

33. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

In the meantime, try not to blame the victims just because you're not in their shoes.

34. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

like i said no one put them in that factory. Work some where else. Go on strike do something. None of yall are going to do anything about the issues over there either. And I am not blaming them.

37. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Strike? In China???!!!! Really?...... Hum...I wonder what would they all controlling government will do to them o_O

39. ChiquiKon

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

Oh well, it seems like in the past years they have dare a lil more to go on strike :)

44. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

so then it is their governments issues not Steve's.

38. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Do you really think during the application process their potential employer said to each employee, "Hey, by the way. While making these products for a dollar a week, we will be exposing you to some highly poisonous chemicals for 14 hours a day. You'll experience a little numbness at first, but as time and the poison progerss through your body, you will be in an UNBELIVABLE amount of pain! And eventually you will become paralyzed, but hey! With that dollar a week salary you be able to feed your family for a few months." I can't help but to wonder about a company that would allow people to poisoned for the sake of profits and anyone who could defend such a practice. Is this chemical still being used now? What the danger for consumers buying Apple's products?

6. ibap

Posts: 871; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Phonearena has had postings about hiring new writers. How about an editor? From strictly a language standpoint, this piece is one of the worst I've seen on the site. Jobs is one man, and the company as a whole is responsible for what is done in their name if they want to maintain their good-guy image. On the other side of the argument - and for those who think business in the US is too highly regulated - isn't this what we would typically expect from Chinese manufacturers? As for not being forced to work in these conditions, I don't know the details of the situation, but it doesn't take very long for some things to cause problems, and how educated do you think all of these assembly line workers are?

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

china is a different world from america. workers over there have no rights and they have an overbearing and oppressive government pushing them down as well. Concidering half of china lives in poverty they are willing to work any job they can get to bring home food for the family. What we call "welfare" people, they call upper middle class.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.