Wayfair to donate $100,000 to Red Cross after employee protest over furnishing border facilities

Wayfair to donate $100,000 to Red Cross after employee protest over furnishing border facilities
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Wayfair is reportedly donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross following employee backlash over the company's $200,000 deal to furnish detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Employees at the furniture retailer’s Boston headquarters participated in a walkout on Wednesday, after asking executives to cease business with a non-profit government contractor and donate proceeds from a recent bedroom furniture sale to a refugee advocacy group. 

Wayfair employees, using the Twitter handle @WayfairWalkout, said Tuesday executives did not agree to the request, which was signed by more than 547 employees. The request asked for proceeds from the $200,000 be donated to the advocacy group Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).


Amid the employee walkout, Wayfair co-founders Steve Conine and Niraj Shah sent a letter to employees saying $100,000 donation would be made to the American Red Cross, "in their effort to help those in dire need of basic necessities at the border,” according to a copy of the letter obtained and reviewed by CNN

Wayfair has not responded to The Hill for comment.

Protesters shared images of the walkout on Twitter, showing employees in Boston’s Copley Square with signs reading “#wewontbecomplicit in childhood incarceration” and “don’t look away.”  

The protest was backed by progressive freshman Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability MORE (D-Mass.) and Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLouisiana governor wins re-election White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations Ocasio-Cortez voices support for Taylor Swift in artist's battle to perform her songs MORE (D-N.Y.). 

It follows recent reports of unsanitary and inhumane conditions at border facilities housing migrants, including children and infants.