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A lawful concerted attempt by a group of people to express displeasure with, or obtain concessions from, a particular person or company by refusing to do business with them. An unlawful attempt that is prohibited by the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (15 U.S.C.A. § 1 et seq.), to adversely affect a company through threat, coercion, or intimidation of its employees, or to prevent others from doing business with said company. A practice utilized in labor disputes whereby an organized group of employees bands together and refrains from dealing with an employer, the legality of which is determined by applicable provisions of statutes governing labor-management relations.

A classic example of this is a consumer boycott whereby a group of customers refuses to purchase a particular product in order to indicate their dissatisfaction with excessive prices or the offensive actions of a particular manufacturer or producer.


Labor Law.


n. organized refusal to purchase products or patronize a store to damage the producer or merchant monetarily, to influence its policy, and/or to attract attention to a social cause. Labor unions and their sympathizers have boycotted lettuce and grapes not picked by union farm workers, and civil rights activists have boycotted stores and restaurants that had "white only" hiring policies. The term is named for Captain Charles C. Boycott, a notorious land agent, whose neighbors ostracized him during Ireland's Land League rent wars in the 1880's. Boycotts are not illegal in themselves, unless there are threats or violence involved. A "secondary" boycott, which boycotts those who do business with the primary target of the boycotters, is an unfair labor practice under Federal and state laws. (See: secondary boycott)


noun abstention from buying, abstention from using, avoidance, ban, banning, black-listing, debarring, embargo, exclusion, ostracism, refusal to do business, rejection, shunning, strike, withholding of patronage
Associated concepts: primary boycott, secondary boycott
See also: ban, condemn, disapprove, eschew, exclude, exclusion, ignore, picket, proscription, reject, shun, strike
References in periodicals archive ?
The first ever Bank Holiday boycott of a toll road may have achieved only limited success but it was watched with interest by campaigners in Wales.
What we are witnessing today is a process of recolonization where powerful institutions based in the West have taken away basic elements of our sovereignty," says Basav Sen, an Indian activist with the Boston-based group Bankbusters who was recently hired on as a boycott co-coordinator with the Center for Economic Justice.
This essay seeks to examine the political and ideological dynamics of the boycott campaign.
That boycott was called in March 2001 by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers based in the state of Florida.
But when a House subcommittee passed Pease's first version of a boycott bill, the companies suspended their purchases.
Ex-umpire Dickie Bird succinctly summed up the reliability, if not the excitement, of a Boycott innings when he said: "If I could have one man to bat for my life it would be Geoffrey Boycott.
brand products sold in Europe are also produced under license in Europe, so any boycott effort will also have a negative impact on European workers.
Unions are rejecting the employer's demand that the boycott is called off before negotiations can start.
All I can say is that if Monday's boycott taught me anything it is that I hope it happens again.
M DUNFORD, Old Swan and S Manley, Mossley Hill (Letters, March 27) criticise Paul McCormick about his calls for a tourist boycott of Bulgaria in response to the treatment of Michael Shields.
It's academic anyway, because I've decided to boycott all yearlings by Kingmambo, on the grounds that he was named after a snake.