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June 26 2019

Wayfair Employees Threaten Walkout If Retailer Sells Mattresses and Beds for Migrants at Southern Border

by Charlotte Hays

The crisis at our Southern border is heartrending, no matter your politics. But this hasn’t prevented it from becoming the occasion for a lot of self-righteous posturing.

Romance advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, for example, says she couldn’t press charges against the President, against whom she has lodged an allegation of a two-decades assault in a dressing room at Bergdorf's, because it would be unfair to the migrant women at our Southern border.

Not far behind Carroll in the use of Aristotelian logic are the employees of Wayfair, the online home furnishings seller, who care so deeply about the migrants that they threaten a walkout if the company dares to sell beds that will be used to make the lots of the migrants easier.

The Boston Globe reports (via Hot Air):

Employees of the online housewares giant Wayfair announced Tuesday that they would stage a walkout at the company’s Back Bay headquarters on Wednesday to protest its decision to sell furniture to the operators of facilities for migrant children detained at the southern US border.

Last Wednesday, they learned that a $200,000 order of bedroom furniture had been placed by BCFS, a government contractor that has been managing camps at the border. More than 500 employees signed a letter of protest sent to company executives. When the company refused to change course, employees organized the walkout.

“Knowing what’s going on at the southern border and knowing that Wayfair has the potential to profit from it is pretty scary,” said Elizabeth Good, a manager on the engineering team at the company and one of the walkout’s two dozen organizers.

Around $200,000 worth of mattresses and bunk beds were going to a migrant facility before the employees threatened the walkout.

The purchaser was Baptist Children’s Family Services, a non-profit and contractor to the federal government for help with the migrant facilities, according to reports.

CNBC reports a burgeoning boycott of Wayfair customers who are more concerned about people sleeping on concrete than striking a pose. 

CNBC further reports that Senator Elizabeth Warren and various celebrities are expressing solidarity with the Wayfair employees on Twitter.

Meanwhile, some kid who might otherwise have had a mattress will be sleeping on the floor. Such is modern compassion. 

 





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