Perez Wants Minimum Wage Hike And Then Some

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez made headlines over the past week on two different occasions and with two different issues.  First, he joined activists, elected officials and others to endorse legislation that was newly introduced by Washington Senator Patty Murray and Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott.  The so-called “Raise the Wage Act” would increase the…

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California Fair Franchising Sent to Full Assembly

AB 525, California’s pending legislation that will amend the California Franchise Relations Act and restore a small semblance of balance to the franchisor/franchisee relationship, has now been sent to the floor of the Assembly for the first vote by the full body, a vote that may be called as early as this coming week.  The…

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Court Denies Injunction, But Won’t Dismiss Case

There was good news and bad news in the decision of the US District Court Judge Christina Reiss – she allowed the challenge to move forward, but denied the injunction sought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with the Snack Food Association, the International Dairy Foods Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.  The industry…

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Unions File 141 Ambush Elections Under New Rules

It certainly didn’t take long for the true impact of the NLRB new “ambush election” rule to be felt across the country.  In a supplemental brief filed by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas in their legal challenge to the “ambush” rule, they report that just since the rule became effective on April 14…

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Albuquerque Becomes First To Adopt Pay Equity Law

It may very well be the new front in the “Politics of Envy” War being waged across the country, but the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico just catapulted itself into a leading role.  Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry this week hailed the City Council passage of an equal pay ordinance that gives a 5% weighted advantage…

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Maine Governor Backing Right-To-Work

Governor Paul LePage, who has been a staunch supporter of loosening the shackles on business to create more economic opportunity for Mainers has now thrown his support behind a long-shot effort to make Maine the 26th Right-To-Work state in the nation.  The Governor’s senior economic adviser led a host of administration officials testifying in favor…

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Upcoming Events

We have two meetings that members will want to attend before summer arrives – the first will be held at the Holiday Inn, Boardman, Ohio on May 21.  Registration for this meeting, which will feature franchisee attorney Pete Silverman, a partner with the firm Shulman, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo, Ohio, is now available on…

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Competitor News

McDonald’s has had a rough ride for the past year or so with their sales and income both plummeting and not enough of their customers still “lovin’ it”, but the Golden Arches appears intent on plowing ahead into new areas.  This week, the burger behemoth announced they will begin testing delivery service from selected stores…

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No Small Regular, No Sugar Next Week

As I will be out of town on vacation next week, I will not be back in time to get Small Regular, No Sugar done and out to subscribers, so we’ll take one week off with apologies and get back to our virtual cup of coffee the following week, on May 22.  Thanks for your…

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Fair Franchising Bill Advances in California

Although it is still early in the current session, we’re happy to report that the California Franchise Relations Act (Fair Franchising bill) has been advanced by the two committees which have considered it at this point.  As we reported last week, the Judiciary Committee advanced the bill last week on a 7 – 2 vote. …

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