November 01, 2005

WalMart aided by Bush Labor Department

By way of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's blog, from a release from Rep. George Miller (D-CA):

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal inspector general has found that a secret and controversial agreement between Wal-Mart and the U.S. Department of Labor, signed in January, was the result of "serious breakdowns" in the Labor Department's normal procedures and resulted in an agreement that was "significantly different" than other agreements signed by the Department. The investigators also concluded that the agreement has brought significant benefits to Wal-Mart while weakening future federal oversight of labor practices at Wal-Mart.

The breakdowns resulted in Wal-Mart being able to author "key provisions" of the agreement, reached after the Labor Department found the company had violated child labor laws at operations in three states, the IG reported.

Posted by jackhodgson at November 1, 2005 09:24 AM