• Wayfair employees plan walkout over bed sales to border camp

    By: Boston25News.com

    Updated:

    Hundreds of employees who work at Wayfair's headquarters in Boston plan to walk out of the online retailer's offices in the Back Bay on Wednesday. 

    The workers are protesting the company's decision to sell furniture to facilities that detain migrant children at the United States/Mexico border.

    Employees created a Twitter account for the walkout that gained over 11,000 followers in just hours. 

    The Wayfair leadership team sent a letter to its employees, saying in part they still plan to do business with BCFS, the government contractor that manages camps at the Mexican border:

    "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. This does not indicate support for the opinions or actions of the groups or individuals who purchase from us."

    BCFS ordered the furniture for a new facility that is opening up in Carrizo Springs, Texas. It will hold about 1,600 unaccompanied minors. 

    At least 500 Wayfair employees signed the petition and they're asking the company to donate the money to RAICES, a nonprofit that reunites families at the border.

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, tweeted her support:

    The walkout is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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