One of the biggest online furniture retailers is facing backlash today. Employees at Wayfair have been compelled to speak out after they discovered the Massachusetts company was selling furniture to migrant camps. The Boston Globe writes:
Last Wednesday, they learned that a $200,000 order of bedroom furniture had been placed by BCFS, a government contractor that has been managing camps at the border. More than 500 employees signed a letter of protest sent to company executives. When the company refused to change course, employees organized the walkout.
The letter employees wrote read, in part:
We believe that by selling these (or any) products to BCFS or similar contractors we are enabling this (child rights) violation and are complicit in furthering the inhumane actions of our government.
The company responded in a letter that said it was simply from “The Leadership Team” saying, “We believe it is our business to sell to any customer who is acting within the laws.”
Workers set up the Twitter handle @WayfairWalkout, declaring “No aid to juvenile incarceration!” It’s now hovering around 20,000 followers. It sparked the attention of several lawmakers have responded, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who wrote:
I stand with the hundreds of Wayfair employees who are planning to stage a walkout at their Boston headquarters tomorrow. The safety and well-being of immigrant children is always worth fighting for.
The walkout is today in Copley Square in Boston at 1:30pm.
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