Donor boycott

Two labor unions are threatening a boycott of companies that oppose the universal preschool measure on California’s June ballot. The Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are threatening a national boycott of all of the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores, reports the Sacramento Bee.

They said they would launch the boycott if the Gap, its affiliates or any members of the family that founded the Gap donated to groups opposing actor and director Rob Reiner’s preschool initiative, Proposition 82.

. . . The two unions, AFSCME and SEIU, represent more than 2.7 million members nationwide. They are likely to gain more members if Proposition 82 is approved because it would allow collective bargaining among those working in the preschools the initiative would fund.

The measure pays for half-day preschool for four-year-olds by raising taxes on upper-income Californians.

One of Gap’s founders, Don Fisher, is persona non grata already because he donates money to charter schools. One of Fisher’s sons, who isn’t connected to the company, donated $25,000 a group fighting Prop. 82. The unions also complained The Gap is a “leading member” of the California Business Roundtable, which opposes Prop. 82. The company itself has no position on the measure.

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  1. Guess it’s time for me to research the Gap as a potential investment.

    Back last October, moonbat attacks on Caterpillar instigated me to take a look at that company and to buy some…it’s done very nicely since then.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Time to eliminate compulsory union membership.

  3. Richard Nieporent says:

    It is apparent that these Unions don’t believe in democracy. What do they plan to do if this tactic doesn’t work, threaten then with death?

  4. James W. says:

    My wife likes to shop at Old Navy. If the unions boycott, I just might start shopping there too. Given the history of those two particular unions, any organization that makes them that mad simply must get my business.

  5. BadaBing says:

    I shop at Gap on line from time to time, and this makes my day.

  6. I don’t know how much good boycotts do except to the psyche of those doing the boycotting. For instance, I’m so sick of the city of San Francisco that I won’t go there anymore (absent an out-of-state friend who wants to play tourist, but you get the idea).

    During the May 1st boycott, I went out to dinner with my parents and we bought new curtains for my house. I intentionally chose that night to go out, and there may now be a date with Old Navy in my immediate future.

  7. Jack Tanner says:

    ‘Two labor unions are threatening a boycott of companies that oppose the universal preschool measure on California’s June ballot. ‘

    Just so it’s clear that it’s all about free babysitting.