Don't BuyThe Official Boycott List of the AFL-CIO
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.
On August 21, 2017, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Shuler issued a letter approving a request by Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) President Baldemar Velasquez to add Reynolds American Inc.’s Vuse e-cigarette to the national Boycott list.
See the letter.Shuler approves boycott of Vuse e-cigarette (4 downloads)
About the Boycott List
A company and its products or services are put on the national list of AFL-CIO-endorsed boycotts at the request of affiliated international and national unions that are working to help the firm’s employees overcome management efforts to keep them from winning justice on the job through organizing and collective bargaining.
A boycott is endorsed by the AFL-CIO after it has been initiated by the international and/or national union as part of a broader campaign on behalf of employees of the targeted company.
As appropriate, the AFL-CIO and the Union Label & Service Trades Department assist the international/national union with publicizing the boycott. The union retains the primary responsibility for conducting the boycott.
Companies,their products and services are added to and removed from the list as events warrant.
The AFL-CIO Executive Council has developed policy guidelines that regulate how the federation endorses boycotts undertaken by its affiliates. To get AFL-CIO sanction, boycotts should be directed at primary employers.
The guidelines include these provisions:
- All requests to the national AFL-CIO for endorsement must be made by a national or international union
- Any affiliated union with a contract in force with the same primary employer will be contacted by the AFL-CIO to determine whether there is an objection to the federation’s endorsement.
- Affiliates will be asked to provide the AFL-CIO with background information on the dispute in a confi dential information survey. Prior to endorsement of the boycott, the executive offi cers, or their designees, will meet with the national union’s officers, or their designees, to discuss the union’s strategic plan and timetable for the boycott, or other appropriate tactics, and to discuss the federation’s role.
- The national or international union initiating the boycott is primarily responsible for all boycott activities; the AFL-CIO will provide supplemental support.
- Boycotts will be carried on the AFL-CIO national boycott list for a period of one year, and the endorsement will expire automatically at the end of that time. National and international unions may request one-year extensions of the listings for actions where an organizing or bargaining campaign is actively in place.
(These guidelines were adopted by the AFL-CIO Executive Council in August 2011.)
Current Boycott List
Transportation and Travel
CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL LAX (added 9/7/2016)
- This includes the Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX, Yokoso Sushi Bar, the Landing Restaurant, Century Taproom, and the Boulevard Market Cafe.
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:
- CALIFORNIA: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento and the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
- SEATTLE: Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8 Seattle
- INDIANA: Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
RHODE ISLAND: Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel (added May 30, 2014)
CALIFORNIA: HILTON, Long Beach, Calif., Management: HEI
- HILTON, LAX
- LE MERIDIEN, San Francisco, Management: HEI
ALASKA: HILTON, Anchorage
- SHERATON, Anchorage
SUBMITTED BY: UNITE HERE
Gleason, Dunn, Walsh & O’Shea (See the Notification Letter) DUNN_LTR.pdf (292 downloads) McDonald, Lamond, Canzoneri & Hickernell (see the Notification Letter) added 10/26/12 EPC_AFSCME.pdf (253 downloads) SUBMITTED BY: American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
REYNOLD’S AMERICAN INC., Vuse e-cigarettes.
Added August 23, 2017
SUBMITTED BY: Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC)8.21.17-Baldemar-Velasquez_Vuse-boycott.pdf (18 downloads)
MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL Snack food products labeled “Made in Mexico” including Oreos, Newtons, Chips Ahoy, Honey Grahams, Animal Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Premium, Belvita, Lorna Donne, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid, and Wheat Thins.Durkee_BCTGM-Boycott-Letter-003.pdf (312 downloads)
PALERMO’S PIZZA Palermo brand pizza, “Classics” brand pizza, private label brand frozen pizza produced by Palermo’s including Costco’s Kirkland brand
SUBMITTED BY: United Steelworkers
Entertainment and Recreation
ECHOSTAR DISHNETWORK Satellite Television Service
SUBMITTED BY: Communications Workers of America