More joy on the work front. Here’s an excerpt from a new book on the state of labor in the use: The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker,” by Steven Greenhouse (Knopf, 2008).

The squeeze on the American worker has been further exacerbated by corporate America’s growing sway over politics and policy, making it harder for beleaguered workers to turn to government for help. When investigators unearthed serious child labor violations at a dozen Wal-Marts, officials in the Bush Labor Department signed a highly unusual secret agreement promising to give Wal-Mart fifteen days’ advance notice whenever inspectors planned to visit a Wal-Mart store to look for more such violations. Wal-Mart officials had been major donors to the Republican Party.

or try this article with lots more small examples.