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Boycot could impact nation’s economy

Plans for a nationwide boycott Monday could cost the nation's economy. One workplace analyst says the impact could be amplified in Southern California. KPBS Reporter Erik Anderson has more.

An employment consultant says May first could be the economic equivalent of a major holiday if immigration protests are as widespread as some predict. John Challenger helps workers find jobs when they've been let go. He says the nation's productivity will likely take a huge hit on Monday. Challenger says for some businesses the impact could be costly.

Challenger: There's been a lot of preparation thought about it. The one's that aren't thinking about it, in fact, are probably the ones who may find themselves stuck, not having talked with their workers about it and worked out some good compromise solutions.

Challenger says Latino workers make up nearly half of the nation's foreign born workforce. He says the impact in Southern California could be even greater than the rest of the nation, because of the proximity to Mexico. Erik Anderson, KPBS News.

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