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Maine Senate Kills Franchise Protection Bill

Maine State Senator John Patrick and Senate President
Maine Sen. John Patrick (D-Rumford), LD1458 co-sponsor, & state Sen. Andre Cushing (R-Hampden), opponent, pose for Blue MauMau on day of LD1458 vote

AUGUSTA, Maine – On Wednesday Maine's state senate voted against Legislative Document 1458, the Small Business Investment Protection Act. In a vote of 24 against and only 10 supporting, the senators essentially killed the current form of the bill.

Oppose Minimum Wage Increases!

Two critical legislative issues are scheduled for votes this week. Please read the updates below and go to www.cfavotes.com to express your concerns about an increase in minimum wage and the 30-hour full-time definition in the Affordable Care Act.

Maine Franchise Protection Bill Moves to House Floor!

The Rotunda, Maine State Capitol Building
Maine State Capitol Building Rotunda. Photo by J Stephen Conn

AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine state legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development approved on Thursday the Small Business Protection Investment Act LD1458, which passed on to the House floor for debate.

Franchisees, Franchisors Declare Victory over NLRB Poster Rule

WASHINGTON – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandoned its appeal to require all employers to post an 11 x 17-inch poster containing information about workers rights to organize labor unions. Franchisee, franchisor and other trade groups are declaring a legal victory against the NLRB.

Fast Food Workers Strike! Industry Reacts

Labor demonstrations outside a McDonald's
A July fastfood strike in NYC. Photo by Annette Bernhardt

Spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union, fast food workers in American cities demonstrated on Thursday for higher wages. Workers want to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to a whopping $15 per hour.

Past Ass'n Chair Tariq Khan Vows at Election to Fight 7-Eleven Suit against Him

7-Eleven
A 7-Eleven store. photo by Johnathan Nightingale

DANA POINT, Calif. – As the National Coalition of 7-Eleven Franchisee Associations was holding its election meetings on October 22-26 to determine who would be the next national chairman, past chair and franchisee Tariq Khan made an appearance.

Franchisors and Franchisees Face Off in November on Pennsylvania’s Franchise Protection Bill

Inside the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda by Elizabeth Thomsen
Pennsylvania State Capitol rotunda by Elizabeth Thomsen

HARRISBURG, Penn.—An investment protection act for franchise owners, House Bill 1620, is being proposed in Pennsylvania. Franchisee associations are asking for support from Pennsylvania's franchise owners.

U.S. Government Reopens, Franchisees Relieved

U.S. House of Representatives after they vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling

WASHINGTON—After sixteen days of a shutdown, the House of Representatives voted to approve a Senate deal to end the U.S. federal shutdown and to extend the debt ceiling.

NFIB Announces Support of California’s Fair Franchising Bill

SACRAMENTO—The National Federation of Independent Business announced on Friday that it is supporting California's Senate Bill 610, a fair franchising amendment to California's existing Franchise Relations Act.

Maine Lawmakers Listen to Franchisees and Franchisors

Jim Coen testifies before Maine lawmakers on how this bill will help franchisees in its state
Franchise expert Jim Coen testifies in support of bill, photo/wolak

BLUE MAUMAU PODCAST - Maine state senators and representatives listened Wednesday afternoon to a filled room of franchisees and some franchisors argue for and against Maine's LD 1458, the Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act.


172:40 minutes (9.88 MB)