Occupy protesters have outlined activities in Chicago, when the NATO Summit comes to town, that will eventually lead protesters to Boeing’s headquarters in the windy city by the end of next week. According to Occupy Chicago’s Facebook Page:
Boeing is a war criminal and plays a huge role in NATO’s war machine. Occupy Chicago will SHUT IT DOWN on May 21, 2012. We’ve had enough of their war planes, pollution, prison labor, union busting, border wall building, extraordinary rendition plane chartering, drone building, non-tax-paying exploitation of the people of Chicago and the people of the world. This May Chicagoans along with concerned citizens from all over the world will tell Boeing we’ve had enough.
Join us in the streets in Chicago on the last day of the NATO summit to SHUT DOWN this war machine!
It is hardly a surprise that Boeing is a target of Occupy, given the protest movement’s ties to big labor. President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) attempted to stifle Boeing from building a plant in South Carolina, a right to work state, by filing a complaint against the plane maker charging unfair labor practices. By December 2011, following national outrage over the charge, the NLRB dismissed its complaint against Boeing, who became a symbol for those who wanted unions to butt out of their businesses. However, it appears labor’s allies, the occupy movement, is stepping up and going after the aviation company.