Massachusetts Legislature Hears Fair Franchising Bill

On June 29, 2011 members of the Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses— representing the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives—heard testimony on a bill sponsored by Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton) to amend the General Laws of the Commonwealth to benefit franchisees.

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Franchisee Bill of Rights Highlights Need for Fairness

When franchisee association leaders gathered in Washington last month for the 2011 CFA Day Forum, they were witness to an important piece of franchising history. For months leading up to the June 22 meeting, members of the Fair Franchising subcommittee worked to draft a groundbreaking document, the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights. Before a conference room of approximately 100 people, the document was read publicly for the first time—by none other than Benjamin Franklin.

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Little Agreement as State Considers Franchise Rules

Katie Johnston of the Boston Globe reports the state’s franchise industry is coming under scrutiny on Beacon Hill as lawmakers consider two bills that would further regulate franchise agreements and more clearly define the relationship between local franchise owners and their parent companies. The bills, which will be the subject of legislative hearings today, have…

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Bill of Rights for Franchisees Now Ratified

Blue MauMau — Some of America’s largest franchise groups formally ratified a franchisee bill of rights on Friday, June 3. The intent of the document is to spell out a framework of a mutually beneficial relationship between franchisor and franchisee. Hospitality, restaurant, convenience store, automotive services and scores of other sectors that franchise are anticipated to be eventually impacted by these franchising standards.

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Franchisee Bill of Rights, Input Requested

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) which DDIFO is a founding member, which Jim Coen, President of DDIFO as the Vice Chairman of CFA and Co-Chairman of the CFA Fair Franchising Committee with CK Patel of the Asian American Hotels Owners Association (AAHOA). The CFA Fair Franchising Committee has been working with franchisee leaders from multiple franchise systems to develop the Universal Franchisee Bill of Rights.

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Seismic Shift in Franchisees Seeking Balance

Don Sniegowski of BlueMauMau reports that there is a seismic shift under way in how franchisees approach balance in franchisee/franchisor relationships. It is a multi-pronged strategy headed by the three-year-old Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) that utilizes market forces, collective bargaining and possible legislation.

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CFA Legislative Update March 14, 2011

With Congress back at work, several of the CFA’s key legislative issues are being hotly debated on the Hill. In true Washington style, however, and even on the rare occasion that all parties agree, certain issues remain on the table.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Seek Greater Influence in Washington

John Motta has a passion for politics. The Chairman of the new Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Federal Political Action Committee (DDFO FedPAC) has never run for office, nor does he plan to. Motta operates a 20-store network in New Hampshire and Virginia; he’s been a Dunkin’ franchisee since 1980. But, his passion is quite evident when he talks about the political efforts for which he’s volunteered.

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