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.