posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 02:33 PM
Peace in the middle East would go a long way towards ensuring peace in the world.
Hopefully, this will allow Americans to look at crises in America. These crises are happening here and now - like the attack on American civil
liberties to protect "corporate rights." Our democracy is being dismantled while we're distracted by "international events." Time to pay
Wal-Mart is facing legal troubles on several fronts, from organized opposition. Critics say Wal-Mart subsidizes its business with Food Stamp, Medicaid
and other government programs, and bypasses laws that protect employees. Announced today: details of the settlement agreement negotiated by the Bush
administration for a Wal-Mart labor dispute. The company was charged with child labor law violations and allowing minors to use dangerous machinery,
including chain saws, forklifts, and cardboard balers. Under the federally negotiated settlement, Wal-Mart will pay only $135,540 to settle charges of
24 child labor law violations in 3 states. The agreement also prevents future "wage and hour" Labor Department inspections without 15 days prior
notice. On another front, Wal-Mart is facing a class action discrimination lawsuit by 1.6 million American women. If it passes, the so-called "Class
Action Fairness Act" now before Congress will prevent this and future class action lawsuits from getting to court. In addition, Bush's budget
proposals remove Wal-Mart's "hidden" government subsidies - with cut-backs to needed programs - leaving employees with below poverty level wages,
no benefits and no back-up.
US Government Assists Wal-Mart