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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
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Haidar Eid, a member of the BDS Steering Committee, said that the movement had set up guidelines for boycotting Israel for Palestinians in the territories occupied in 1967, guidelines for the Palestinians of the 1948 areas, Palestinians in Diaspora, along with Arab boycotting guidelines and international boycotting standards.
restrictions on the importation of goods and services originating in the boycotted country into the boycotting countries.
Essentially, he objected that boycotting produced nothing and was a prescription for failure.
ASTANA, Jun 30, 2011 (TUR) -- The head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said on Thursday that boycotting was not an appropriate political move and elected deputies did not have the right to boycott.
The initiators want to silence our call for boycotting the settlements, which is gathering momentum throughout the world.
He said that while the lawyers would keep on boycotting the courts proceedings today (Wednesday) as well, the courts boycott would also be observed on August 26 marking the death anniversary of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.
In the US there are laws aimed at preventing Americans from boycotting US allies, including Israel.
The president reiterated that boycotting settlement goods is entirely different from boycotting Israel, and should not be considered incitement.
Ethnic Albanian first-graders started boycotting the Macedonian-language classes with the start of the second term of the school year in all Albanian-dominated municipalities on Wednesday.
Email, SMS and social networking sites are all alerting people to the campaign and thousands of people across the world have already contributed to the boycotting efforts.
Boycotting sporting events has gained certain popularity for political and social change from the apartheid regime in South Africa to the current issue in Zimbabwe.
Sealing is carried out by Canadian fishermen and so boycotting the main source of their income should focus their attention.