Wayfair employees are planning to walk out, company's sales to migrant children holding facility, over sale to detention center operator. Wayfair employees are planning to walk off work on Wednesday to protest the company's sale of furniture to a new detention center in Texas intended for detained migrant children. This afternoon at 1:30pm employees of Boston-based online furniture retailer, Wayfair, plan to walk out of work to protest its decision to sell beds and other furniture to a U.S. government detention center.
Organizers of the walkout want employees to leave Copley headquarters at 1:30 p.m. and walk to Copley Square to demand Wayfair stop doing business with BCFS, which operates migrant detention facilities for the Department of Health and Human Services. According to the petition, Wayfair sold more than $200,000 worth of bedroom furniture to a nonprofit government contractor that manages migrant camps at the border, with the beds being intended for a facility in Texas that could house up to 3,000 migrant children.
BCFS, the contractor, confirmed the sale of the furniture to CBS News. After discovering the sale, more than 500 workers wrote to Wayfair management asking them to stop doing business with BCFS. Wayfair has 12,000 employees across the U.S., of which about 7,000 work at the company's Boston headquarters. The company did not reply to a request for comment. One fulfillment center, located at 1600 Donaldson Road in Erlanger, is larger than 15 football fields. Florence is also home to Wayfair's only physical store.
In a Twitter post with the hashtag #WayfairWalkout, the protesters say CEO Niraj Shah rejected a request by more than 500 employees who signed a petition asking the Boston-based company to desist from doing business with border camps. Management wrote in a letter to employees that it’s standard practice to fulfill orders for any customer acting within the law. The organization once again finds itself in the spotlight as it prepares to operate another new large-scale facility for unaccompanied migrant children.
A source just told me Wayfair plans to announce today that it will donate the profits from the sale of $200k worth of bedroom furniture for use in a migrant detention facility, following employee backlash over the sale.
— Cristina Alesci (@CristinaAlesci) June 26, 2019
In response to a recent letter signed by 547 employees, our CEO said that the company would not cease doing business with contractors furnishing border camps. We ask that the company donate the $86,000 in profit they made from this sale to RAICES. #wayfairwalkout
— wayfairwalkout (@wayfairwalkout) June 25, 2019