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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)

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The BDS boycott campaign against Israel began in July 2005 by 171 Palestinian organizations, which calls for "various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law".
They did not want the incumbent, yet, they boycotted the chance to shove him out.
Boycotts, without such awareness, are just bandwagons for people to hop on.
The boycott has also impacted the performance of energy companies.
He said civil society had a right to resort to boycott. 'It gives me pleasure that civil society has called for this boycott and I wish to see it succeed.
Guaranteed Manufactured without Child Labor: The economics of consumer boycotts, social labeling and trade sanctions.
Early in the boycott, it became clear that Michigan would be a significant battleground state.
Boycott's employees, including the seasonal workers required to harvest the crops, who had campaigned for, but were denied their right to the three F's (fair rent, fixity of tenure and free sale) stopped working in the fields, in his stables and even in his house.
When individuals are driven to engage in boycotts by instrumental motivations, their goals are explicitly stated or presented concretely (Ettenson and Klein 2005; Klein et al.
Various ineffective and controversial attempts were made in the United Kingdom as far back as 2002 to instigate boycott of Israeli scholars or institutions.
These three chapters are full of vivid and useful examples that describe the complexity of the boycott movement; however, this plethora of facts hindered a deeper analysis.
Boycotts have become even more powerful than ever because of the advancements in technology, especially with the birth of the Internet where one click of a button can communicate consumer dissatisfaction all over the world.