Wayfair Employees Plan Walkout Over Company Selling Furniture to Government Contractors Running Border Facilities

Employees of home-goods company Wayfair are participating in a Wednesday walkout in Boston to protest the company selling furniture to contractors that run border camps, The Boston Globe reports. “Wayfair is confirmed to be selling beds to the border camps!” one tweet from the walkout’s Twitter account read. One employee told the newspaper that workers learned last week that government contractor BCFS placed a $200,000 order for “bedroom furniture” meant for border facilities. According to a letter signed by 547 employees, the order was for a Carrizo Springs, Texas, facility that is supposed to house “3,000 migrant children seeking legal asylum in the United States[.]”

In a response letter, the executives of the company reportedly wrote the company should “sell to any customer who is acting within the laws of the countries within which we operate.” Wayfair confirmed that a letter was sent in response to the concerns of employees, but reportedly did not speak any further on the issue. “Not everyone at Wayfair is okay with what’s happening,” another tweet read. “At 1:30 p.m., tomorrow, we’re asking employees to leave their desks and walk to Copley Square to show our numbers and make this demand. #wayfairwalkout.” The Trump campaign accused Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), both of whom expressed support for the walkout, of heartlessly “bullying” the company to cancel the order and said they were “depriving kids of good beds to sleep in.”

Read it at The Boston Globe>

SOURCE: The Daily Beast – Julia Arciga