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Franchise Action Network (FAN) Launches Campaign to Keep Franchising Moving Forward

Franchisees representing a wide range of industries and demographics across the country, part of the Franchise Action Network (FAN), are taking to Capitol Hill this week urging Congress to enact S. 2015/H.R. 3459, the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act.

The FAN is IFA’s grassroots network of franchisees, franchisors and suppliers who are willing to get involved in the conversation and engaged on legislative issues at the federal, state and local levels. By joining together to form the FAN, we seek to create jobs and strengthen America’s economy.

Union Members Less Satisfied Than Their Non-Union Counterparts

As the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) continues its fledging campaign to unionize the franchise community to justify its $50 million investment in the Fight for $15, new survey results from Gallup suggest employees who are in unions are less satisfied than their non-union counterparts.

WHILE CONGRESS IS AWAY, NLRB STILL PLAYS, UPENDING JOINT EMPLOYER STANDARD FOR FRANCHISE BUSINESS OWNERS

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 27, 2015 – The International Franchise Association criticized a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today that declared Browning-Ferris Industries to be a joint employer with Leadpoint, a staffing services company. IFA said the decision ignores nearly 50 years of bipartisan policy and decades of court and regulatory rulings and will ultimately harm our national economy.

Congressman Ellison's Franchise Legislation: Harmful and Unnecessary

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN-05) recently introduced the SBA Franchise Loan Disclosure Act of 2015 (H.R. 3195). He claims the bill will help small business franchise owners by adding transparency to the process of applying for Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loans. In fact, the legislation will harm small businesses. Chock full of unnecessary regulations, the measure unfairly targets franchise loans and would deter small business growth and job creation.

Business Leaders Urge Senate to Restore Full-Time Work Week

As the U.S. Senate prepares to adjourn for its August recess, business leaders and employers from across the country are urging their elected officials to consider a critical change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would restore the 40-hour full-time work week and put more pay in the pockets of American workers.

SEIU Continues Its Assault, This Time On New York Businesses

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is not letting up on its assault on the franchising industry. This effort is not based on sound economic theory or even the interests of entry level workers. Rather, it is being driven by a messaging campaign promoted by the self-interested union. The ultimate result won’t be more money for workers, just more money for the SEIU.

IFA Joins 50-100 Coalition to Protect Small Business Owners from ACA Mandate

The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but small business owners across the U.S. are still struggling to deal with its ramifications. The ACA is full of one-size-fits-all mandates that continue to wreak havoc on day-to-day operations of many small businesses. Employers want to provide good healthcare coverage to their employees, but they must to do so in a cost effective way. The ACA has made that harder to achieve. These businesses need relief.

KANSAS CITY REJECTS SEIU-BACKED DISCRIMINATORY WAGE PROVISION

Although Kansas City is now the most recent city to be stricken by a steep wage floor increase, the IFA and the Franchise Action Network were successful in eliminating language that would unfairly discriminate against locally-owned franchise businesses.

IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira, CFE, issued the following statement yesterday regarding the Kansas City Council’s decision to pass a minimum wage increase to $13 an hour by 2020 without language that discriminates against franchisees:

CONGRESSIONAL APPROPRIATIONS MOVE TO DEFUND THE NLRBS JOINT EMPLOYER INITIATIVE – URGE SUPPORT

We have good news from Washington; Members of Congress took the first step on a path toward preserving the federal joint employer standard for local businesses.

LEGISLATURE UNDERMINING CONSUMER CONFIDENCE WITH ATTACK ON FRANCHISE INDUSTRY

Consistency is the hallmark of any successful business.

When I spend money at my favorite hotel, store or restaurant chain I expect the same level of quality and service – whether I’m in Sacramento or any other city.

A vast majority of chains are built around the consistency provided by the franchise model.

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