Monday, February 21, 2005

Inspector General of U.S. Dept. of Labor To Look at Wal-Mart Deal

The supposedly independent Inspector General of the Department of Labor has decided to investigate the sweetheart deal between the dept. and Wal-Mart over the issue of child labor laws, as in violation of same. (We wrote about this deal in this space in an earlier post.)

According to reporting done by the NYTimes, "Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, asked the inspector general to intervene. Noting that Wal-Mart executives had contributed heavily to President Bush's re-election, Miller said that Wal-Mart had received special treatment and that the department had acted suspiciously in not making the settlement public for more than a month."

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