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April 18, 2005

Hill Dems Condemn "Politicization" of DOL

On the same day I go off on the attack by the DOL on unions through auditing rules, Rep. George Miller has condemned department for its misuse of department funds for anti-union purposes:

“Under President Bush, the Department of Labor has increasingly shifted its resources and attention away from protecting workers and towards attacking the organizations that represent workers."

Funding for staffing at the Department’s Wage and Hour Division, which enforces overtime, minimum wage, and child labor laws, dropped $113 million between 2001 and 2005...Meanwhile, funding for staffing at the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), which investigates labor unions, increased $74 million (28.2 percent) over the same period.

The DOL cuts sweetheart deals for Wal-Mart and cuts money for minimum wage investigations, even while it diverts money to harass unions. This is the anti-worker agenda of the Bush administration.

Posted by Nathan at April 18, 2005 02:57 PM