Although an employee protest against Wayfair supplying beds to detention centers did transpire on Wednesday, far fewer walked out on the job than was reported in support of the demonstration.
News outlets reported on the protest based on an unverified account on Twitter named “Wayfair Walkout.” The account claimed that 547 employees signed a petition against the company providing beds for migrant detention camps.
Approximately a hundred employees walked out in protest.
Meghan Ottolini of the Boston Herald reported that about a hundred employees left their jobs and joined a large crowd in support of the protest.
Meghan Kelly of WBUR reported that she counted about fifty employees who had walked out.
“I just want to make sure that we work for a company that isn’t profiting on what’s going on at the border,” said Elizabeth Good, a Wayfair employee.
“I’m concerned about human rights violations,” she added, “I’m concerned about attacks on children, separating them from their families.”
Another protester, Ramy Abdel-Azi, loudly and vehemently spoke out against the company, despite just being hired and scheduled for his first day of work on Monday.
“Every company has something to hide,” said Abdel-Azi, “every company has dead bodies in the closet somewhere.”
Several politicians supported the protest, most notably Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
They faced some mockery and ridicule online for supporting a protest that would make migrant children detainees less comfortable while simultaneously criticizing the Trump administration for the conditions at migrant detention camps.
Here’s the video of the Wayfair protest:
Wayfair employees walkout to protest sales to border camps