Published: Thu, June 27, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Workers Plan Walkout to Protest Sales to Migrant Camps

Workers Plan Walkout to Protest Sales to Migrant Camps

Employees at online home furnishings retailer Wayfair walked out Wednesday to protest the company's decision to sell $200,000 worth of furniture to a government contractor that runs a detention centre for migrant children in Texas.

Hundreds of workers are planning a walkout Wednesday to protest the company's sale of beds to a migrant detention center in Texas, the Guardian reports.

The company will earn $86,000 from its sale to BCFS, according to the employees' Twitter account, which demands that the money be donated to Raices, a legal services nonprofit that works with immigrants.

"Over the last two days it has come to our attention that Wayfair has again engaged in B2B sales with BCFS, a non-profit government contractor managing camps for migrants at our Southern border", the letter stated.

Brown said the employees learned about the sales to BCFS from a worker who showed a few people the delivery destination in Carizzo Springs, Texas.

This is not the first time USA businesses have been ensnared in controversy about the Trump administration's immigration policy.

The Wayfair employee who spoke with TIME says the recent news surrounding the treatment of detained migrant children "certainly galvanized many colleagues who wouldn't have been involved in something like this" before.

Wayfair CEO Niraj Shah and his leadership team, in a letter to employees Monday night, rejected the request.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Democrat from Queens who has become a leading progressive voice in Congress, tweeted her support ahead of the protest.

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The Wayfair movement gained traction on Twitter, where dozens of Wayfair shoppers said they would stop buying from the company.

"We believe all of our stakeholders, employees, customers, investors and suppliers included, are best served by our commitment to fulfill all orders", the management letter says.

No one who works for a company profiting from these camps should be standing idly by as children are dying.

"We're really lucky that we have a culture and an organization where the leadership team is listening to us", the spokesperson said. Is giving children beds to sleep in such a bad thing that radical liberals, be they employees at Wayfair, or elected Democrats in Congress, must oppose it because they want to score political points?

"This is a peaceful voluntary walkout & we encourage any Wayfairians to join us", protest organizers said on a Twitter account named @wayfairwalkout. BCFS has previously been critical of the administration's policy of keeping migrant children in detention centers, calling it "a dumb, stupid idea" in December.

Beyond the initial wave of outraged responses condemning the company and congratulating the employees on their stance, however, many pointed out that the detention centers needed to buy their beds somewhere.

"The company needs their help in developing a solution, since most anything they do at this point will be perceived as 'saving face, ' 'too little too late, ' or just marketing", Hill told FOX Business.

- Rep Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) June 25, 2019Wayfair workers couldn't stomach they were making beds to cage children. Some facilities have come under scrutiny for unsafe, unsanitary conditions and five children have died since late past year after being detained by border officials.

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