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The AFL-CIO National Boycott List
An important function of our Department is to help unions conduct national boycotts that have been endorsed by the AFL-CIO Executive Council. The Department maintains and publishes the "Don't Buy" list of companies being boycotted and the products and services involved.  In addition, you can see information on boycott updates.

Do Buy Thanksgiving
Oct 21, 2014

Download: 20287_LL_SeptOct14_DoBuy_HR.pdf

Do Buy—Arts and Entertainment
Aug 06, 2014

Do Buy Outdoor Living
Jun 11, 2014

After a long hard winter across the country, it is time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's a trip to the beach, working in your yard, playing your favorite sport or enjoying a relaxing evening on the back porch look for these union-made products and support good jobs.

Do Buy!
May 15, 2013

Download: 20284_LL_MarApr14_DoBuy_HR.pdf

Don't Buy
Aug 09, 2012

AFL-CIO National Boycotts

Two New Companies Added to Boycott List

On May 30, 2014 the AFL-CIO officially added two new companies to the National Boycott list. Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel was added at the request of UNITE HERE President D. Taylor. Staples Office Supply stores have also been added to the list. The Staples boycott request comes after months of stonewalling by USPS management and Staples executives. The APWU National Executive Board voted to increase the pressure on the office-supply chain by officially calling for a “Don’t Buy” campaign for all products sold by Staples.

In accordance with policy on boycott endorsements adopted by the AFL-CIO Executive Council in April 2011, the Federation will maintain these companies on its published boycott list for up to one year from the date of endorsement unless the union(s) requests an earlier termination of the listing. At the end of the year, the union(s) may request to have the companies to continue to be included on the list for another 12 months.

Hospitality, Transportation and Travel



The global Hyatt boycott has ended. However, there are a number of local Hyatts with continuing labor disputes. Please support the workers in these hotels by continuing to boycott the following properties:

  • MASSACHUSETTS: Hyatt Harborside Boston, Hyatt Regency Boston and Hyatt Regency Cambridge
  • CALIFORNIA:  Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento and the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
  • TEXAS:  Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Hyatt Regency San Antonio
  • SEATTLE:  Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle
  • INDIANA:  Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

To avoid current or future strikes, boycotts, and other labor disputes at Hyatts or any other venues, we urge you to:

  • Use our Union Hotel Guide  at or download our iPhone App which lists which hotels to patron or avoid
  • Secure the following protective language in your event contract to protect you in the case of an unexpected labor dispute:

EXCUSED NON-PERFORMANCE DUE TO LABOR DISPUTE.Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, if performance hereunder would foreseeably involve [Group] in or subject it to the effects of a boycott, strike, lockout, picketing or other labor dispute and [Group] therefore withholds, delays or cancels performance, it shall have no liability there from, provided that [Group] may not withhold, delay or cancel performance based upon a labor dispute involving its own employees. In the event of a cancellation under this Section, neither [Group] nor its members shall have any future obligation under this Agreement, and any deposits or other payments made to the Hotel by [Group] or its members to reserve rooms or other space for use, and/or for services to be provided, shall promptly be refunded to [Group] or its members. This Section shall supersede all other provisions of this Agreement and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of [Group’s home state here]

Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel (added May 30, 2014)

SHERATON CRYSTAL CITY, Arlington, Virginia, Management: HEI

HILTON, Long Beach, Calif., Management: HEI


LE MERIDIEN, San Francisco, Management: HEI

HILTON CRYSTAL CITY, Arlington, Virginia, Management: Columbia Sussex (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

SHERATON, Baltimore, Management: Columbia Sussex (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 8/16/13)

WESTIN, Chicago, Management: Columbia Sussex (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

WYNDHAM, Chicago, Management: Columbia Sussex (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

HILTON, Sacramento, Management: Columbia Sussex (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

WESTIN, San Diego, Management: Columbia Sussex (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

WESTIN CITY CENTER, Washington, D.C., Management: Columbia Sussex (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

HILTON, Anchorage

SHERATON, Anchorage

CONGRESS PLAZA, Chicago (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

WILSHIRE PLAZA, Los Angeles (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 12/10/13)

HILTON O’FARRELL, San Francisco (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 3/8/2011)

PALACE HOTEL, San Francisco (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 7/18/2011)

W HOTEL SF, San Francisco (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 7/18/2011)

WESTIN ST. FRANCIS, San Francisco (SETTLED notification issued to UL&STD 7/18/2011)



ECHOSTAR DISHNETWORK Satellite Television Service

BLUEMAN PRODUCTIONS* SETTLED (Notification date 12/2010)

Legal Services

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO



Cigarettes: BestValue, Camel, Century, Doral, Eclipse, Magna, Monarch, More, Now, Salem, Sterling, Vantage, and Winston; plus all Moonlight Tobacco products


Palermo brand pizza, "Classics" brand pizza, private label brand frozen pizza produced by Palermo's including Costco's Kirkland brand

Staples Office Supply Stores (added May 30, 2014)

Added at the request of APWU

Download: 20284_LL_MarApr14_Web_Page_7.jpg

About The Boycott List
Sep 16, 2010

Policy Guidelines for Endorsement of Affiliates' Boycotts
Sep 16, 2010

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