In a virtual meeting last week of the American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD), Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky set her sights on the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule. Chairwoman of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Representative Schakowsky called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a formal study on the inadequacies of the Federal Trade Commission Franchise Rule and that agency’s failure to provide any kind of effective vehicle by which franchisees can lodge complaints against franchisors. She also reported that FTC Commissioners Rebecca Slaughter and Rohit Chopra told her that the Franchise Rule “needed serious consideration and scrutiny from members of Congress and that it actually needed a major facelift from the Commission.” The Congresswoman went on to explain that she will also soon be filing legislation to create a private right of action – even under the current weak FTC franchise rule – for franchisees who believe they’ve been harmed by their franchisor. Having noted that she’d been arrested at a Fight for $15 protest against McDonalds, she said her support of franchisees is driven by her desire that franchisee support workers.