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When I saw this headline out of the Boston area I was immediately confused. (Not to imply that this is an unusual condition.) There is a walkout looming by workers at Wayfair, a retail seller of home furnishings and decorative items from thousands of different manufacturers. Strikes aren’t all that unusual, but this one seemingly sprung up overnight and for a puzzling reason. The workers are upset that the company accepted an order for a large number of beds destined for migrant detention centers on the southern border. (Boston Globe)
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.
One assumes that the workers are unhappy with the conditions in detention facilities down near the border where children are being held. (That’s totally understandable.) So what you’re saying is… you don’t want the children to have beds?
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