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U.S. Workers Rally Troops Globally for $15 Wage

NEW YORK - A group of McDonald's restaurant employees from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are on a mission to eight countries to enlist fast-food workers, unions and elected officials in support of the global movement for higher pay and union rights.

IFA Releases Progress Report on VetFran Program

U.S. Department of Defense
Future veteran U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Donald Taylor inspects a brake line on his tablet. Photo: Dept of Defense

The International Franchise Association released its 2014 Veterans in Franchising progress report for this Veterans Day. After launching its Operation Enduring Opportunity (OEO) program in January 2011, as part of its VetFran Program, the organization set the lofty goal of 80,000 veterans by 2014.

Buying a Franchise is Riskier than Ever

risk, high wire walk in owning a franchise

Critics, including this journal, say that buying a franchise is riskier than ever, that the reality of the franchise system is often purposefully and skillfully hidden and that it is easier to fail nowadays once you plunge in.

500 Fast-Food Workers Arrested during Protest

Fast-food demonstrators who are asking for $15/hour minimum wage are arrested in Detroit
Fast-food demonstrators arrested in Detroit. photo/D15

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of fast food workers were arrested Thursday after they walked off their jobs at restaurants across the country to take part in peaceful demonstrations, demanding higher wages from companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.

California Senate Sends Fair Franchising Bill to Gov. Brown

Sacramento dome from the inside
Inside view of Sacramento capitol dome. photo/KatieCarr

SACRAMENTO—The California state senate voted 23 - 9 late Thursday in favor of SB 610, a bill that strengthens franchisor good faith relations with franchisees. It is now ready for Governor Jerry Brown's signature to become law.

Franchisees Win in California Assembly!!

Sacramento capitol dome
Sacramento capitol dome. photo/thomas hawk

SACRAMENTO – California's assembly voted Thursday morning to pass a bill that aims to strengthen good faith and fair dealing between franchisors and franchisees. The final tally was 41 ayes and 27 nays.

Fitch Says Labor Board Ruling Won’t Impact Franchising

NEW YORK – Fitch Ratings, one of the big three credit rating agencies, has issued a statement that it does not anticipate that the National Labor Relations Board's ruling that giant McDonald's Corporation is a "joint employer" will change the economics of franchising.

The International Franchise Association’s Open Letter to Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council

The International Franchise Association's president and CEO Stephen J. Caldeira writes this open letter below to Seattle's Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council. The association vows to fight through lawsuits the city's new minimum wage ordinance.

Will Seattle’s New $15 Minimum Wage Unite the Franchise Industry?

A recent vote by the Seattle City Council to increase the minimum wage to $15 has brought heated responses from various members of the franchise community.

Franchise Associations Pleased Connecticut Rejects Low Wage Penalties

Dunkin' Donuts in a small town in Connecticut
A Dunkin' Donuts shop in a Connecticut town. Photo by bmm

WASHINGTON – Franchise lobbying groups say they are pleased that Connecticut has decided to reject the Act Concerning Low Wage Employers, House Bill 5069. The bill would have required companies with over 500 employees to pay 130 percent of the state minimum wage.