AOC Comments About The Wayfair Employee Protest And Many Are With Her On This
On Wednesday, employees for the online home goods retailer Wayfair are planning a walkout in protest of the company selling furniture to migrant detention centers, the Boston Globe reports.
After learning last week that BCFS, which operates migrant facilities for the Department of Health and Human Services, ordered $200,000 worth of bedroom fittings for a new migrant camp in Carrizo Springs, Texas, which would hold 1,600 unaccompanied children, more than 500 employees sent a letter to senior management asking them to not carry out the sale.
The letter, sent on Friday, also asked the company to create a code of ethics that “empowers Wayfair and its employees to act in accordance with our core values,” according to CNN, which secured a copy of the letter.
“The United States government and its contractors are responsible for the detention and mistreatment of hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking asylum in our country — we want that to end,” the employees said in the letter. “We also want to be sure that Wayfair has no part in enabling, supporting, or profiting from this practice.”
Wayfair, however, did not budge to its employees’ requests, responding that it will continue to do business with BCFS.
“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,” the Wayfair’s leadership team said in the letter. “This does not indicate support for the opinions or actions of the groups or individuals who purchase from us.”
Continuing to push back against the company’s decision, employees have planned a walkout scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. If the company will make a profit off of working with BCFS, they are asking that it be donated to RAICES, a nonprofit reuniting families at the US-Mexico border. According to a Twitter account organizing the walkout, that amount totals $86,000.
The walkout has garnered massive attention on Twitter, where it has also received the hashtag #wayfairwalkout. Among those supporting the employees is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who said “this is what solidarity looks like.”
“A reminder that everyday people have real power, as long as we’re brave enough to use it,” she continued.
The walkout comes as the Trump administration gains increasing criticism for its treatment of migrant youth, particularly at a Customs and Border Protection facility in Clint, Texas, where 250 migrant children will be moved into a shelter system.
Since news of Wayfair’s business with BCFS, its stock has dropped 5 percent.
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