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Could Arizona boycotts could actually hurt the people it's intended to help? Yes, it appears it does.

While dozens of groups, cities, schools and associations have jumped on the Arizona boycott bandwagon, a look at the low-income membership of two of the state's largest labor unions raises the question of whether a boycott will hurt the people it's intended to help.

The Service Employees Industry Union (SEIU) and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) recently announced they've joined the National Council for La Raza (NCLR) in a boycott of Arizona. SEIU is the fastest-growing union in North America, with more than 2.2 million members spanning public service industries. UFCW boasts 1.3 million members, representing workers ranging from meat production to food processing to retail stores.

Does that impact many Hispanics? Sure it does. More than 60 percent of Hispanic-Americans hold blue-collar jobs, and many of these are service-industry jobs that the boycott could compromise.



Asked by Anonymous at 9:38 PM on May. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (11)
  • I'm confused as to how a boycott is supposed to actually HELP anyone. It can't, all it does is try to hurt the party being boycotted. But, sounds like a typical liberal plan, not quite thought out ALL the way through.....

    Answer by 29again at 10:02 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • Arizona Boycotts Could Backfire on Latinos

    My opinion, nice job, idiots.  You are hurting the people you claim to be so concerned about. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • I don't know that boycotting a business that the boycott is intending to hurt actually works either though. For every person that boycotts a business, there is at least one person that feels that the boycott is wrong and will become a customer because of it. For instance, there are buycotts going on all over the states to support AZ because of the cities making their statements by boycotting them due to the immigration law recently passed and signed.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:14 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • How predictable.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:15 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • Talk about a major over-reaction.  LA boycotts AZ, when both CA and AZ have the same law.  By boycotting, they hurt the Hispanics they are so worried about. 

    Boycotters are worse than the racists they imagine, they don't even look to see who they are hurting. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:31 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • " LA boycotts AZ, when both CA and AZ have the same law. "

    CA actually does NOT have the same law. That section of the penal code was declared unconstitutional. It's still on the books but NOT enforceable.

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:06 PM on May. 25, 2010

  • I guess the people WITH the jobs, need to clearly explain that those WITHOUT jobs, or who are at risk for losing their jobs, need to accept their "fate" for the "greater good," and "take one for the team!! LOL

    Typical liberals and union leaders--they're no better than the corporate CEOs (and upper management) that so many libs love to hate! :o)

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:51 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • What I love is that the SEIU had $70 million dollars to throw at a political candidate and yet they let their own union members suffer and lose their homes when they demand that they not work while protesting and renegotiating contracts. Unions are full of thugs and thieves. Not all of them are as bad, but you don't become the biggest union by playing clean and fair and benefiting all of the people under you.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:12 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • Of course it can.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:22 AM on May. 26, 2010

  • Anyone who goes along with that boycott b.s. is an idiot and to be honest, I haven't heard one thing about that in at least two weeks. BTW, LA gets their power from AZ who said they'd be happy to turn off the lights. I hope they do.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on May. 26, 2010