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Hundreds of employees at the online furniture company Wayfair walked off their jobs Wednesday to protest the company’s decision to supply furniture to migrant detention centers.
Around 550 employees sent a letter to Wayfair last week stating their demands, chief among them: the end of operations that furnish detention centers. In response, Wayfair said it would not cease doing business with detention centers, citing the importance of “intellectual diversity.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Wayfair workers descended on Boston’s Copley Square at 1:30 p.m. chanting, “This is what democracy looks like” and “Hey Hey Ho Ho, ICE contracts have got to go.”
In a letter to employees Wednesday, Wayfair said they respect “the passion of all our employees” and announced plans to donate “$100,000 to support the American Red Cross in their effort to help those in dire need of basic necessities at the border.”
CNN reported in a tweet that at Wednesday’s protest a “Wayfair employee told the crowd, ‘We want them to donate the funds to RAICES…We don’t want it donated to the Red Cross.'”
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) June 26, 2019
Furniture company Wayfair is facing backlash over its business ties to migrant child detention centers — now its employees are walking out in protest pic.twitter.com/F4II5vlbxD
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 26, 2019
‘It’s our job to make it as hard as possible for them to operate these camps,’ says a Wayfair employee as hundreds rally in Boston to protest the online retailer’s sales to a Texas detention camp housing migrant children https://t.co/RrJ8VmNGPC pic.twitter.com/seCdhyU2AW
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 26, 2019
LIVE: Wayfair employees walkout to protest decision to sell furniture to gov’t contractor that runs detention center for migrant kids. https://t.co/LxMk8SNhVd
— ABC News (@ABC) June 26, 2019
Wayfair donates $100,000 to the Red Cross after employee backlash.
VIDEO: Employees at Wayfair walked out Wednesday, protesting their company’s sale of furniture to the operators of facilities that detain migrant children along the southern border. https://t.co/qpxOOUpNrg pic.twitter.com/yp942aFuBb
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 26, 2019
But at a protest today, Wayfair employee told the crowd, “We want them to donate the funds to RAICES…We don’t want it donated to the Red Cross.”
— Nathaniel Meyersohn (@nmeyersohn) June 26, 2019
In a letter to employees, Wayfair cofounders Steve Conine and Niraj Shah said the company will donate the money to support the American Red Cross “in their effort to help those in dire need of basic necessities at the border.” https://t.co/bh4Zx5nRUu
— CNN (@CNN) June 26, 2019
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