Monday, October 30, 2006


It looks like Wal-Mart is returning the favor, to the tune of $5,400, for Jim voting to let them off the hook on child labor violations. Walsh voted against this amendement:

An amendment to prohibit use of funds in the bill to enforce or carry out item 6B of the settlement agreement between the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

What were the terms of this settlement?

The vote was against an amendment to prohibit a 15-day advance notice the Department of Labor agreed to give Wal-Mart stores before investigating for possible child labor violations. The agreemend was part of a settlement reached between DOL and Wal-Mart in January after Wal-Mart was found guilty of violating child labor laws in three states: Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Arkansas. According to the agreement, WM is also given a 10-day period to correct any problem following a finding of a violation even when a child's safety is at stake. WM has a history of prior child labor violations. In 2000, WM paid $205,650 to resolve a case involving 1436 violations of Maine state child labor violations in 20 stores. last year alone, WM's own internal audit found 1371 violations of child-labor laws between 1997 and 1999.

Is the year 2006 or 1906? Child labor violations, come on.


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