Wayfair Workers to Protest Building Furniture for Child Detention Centers

The Trump Administration faced harsh criticism this weekend after a New Yorker article shone a light on their child detention camps. The exact number of migrant children in detention is unknown, but one report put the number at around 15,000.

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Keeping all of those children in detention requires manufacturers to provide basic furniture. Wayfair, a Boston based e-commerce company recently took an order to provide $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to the migrant camps. A number of workers complained to management, but their questions went unanswered. The employees are now planning a walkout on Wednesday to protest the decision.

One of the protest organizers, engineer Elizabeth Good, told the Boston Globe, “Knowing what’s going on at the southern border and knowing that Wayfair has the potential to profit from it is pretty scary. I want to work at a company where the standards we hold ourselves to are the same standards that we hold our customers and our partners to.”

After receiving a letter from a number of employees, company management wrote in an email, “As a retailer, it is standard practice to fulfill orders for all customers, and we believe it is our business to sell to any customer who is acting within the laws of the countries within which we operate. We believe all of our stakeholders, employees, customers, investors, and suppliers included are best served by our commitment to fulfill our orders.”

Following that answer from management, the employees decided to stage their walkout. They already have a high-profile supporter in Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She tweeted, “Wayfair workers couldn’t stomach they were making beds to cage children. They asked the company to stop. CEO said no. Tomorrow, they‘re walking out. This is what solidarity looks like – a reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it.”



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