Franchisors and Franchisees to Visit Capitol Hill


washingtonFranchisors, Franchisees to Visit Capitol Hill, Discuss Union-Backed Threats to the Future of Franchising

Franchisors and franchisees from across the U.S. will visit Capitol Hill this week to discuss union-backed attacks on the franchise model with lawmakers. These include a recent recommendation from the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Division of Advice that McDonald’s should be declared a joint employer with its franchisees. Their visits will be part of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) annual fly-in and Public Affairs Conference. Pairs of franchisors and franchisees will beavailable throughout the two-day conference to discuss the serious policies they will be raising with legislators and the importance of franchising to the U.S. economy.

Who: Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS, and Linda Fong, FASTSIGNS Franchisee, Oakland, CA

Shelly Sun, CEO & Founder, BrightStar Franchising, LLC, and Jeffrey Tews, Multi-Unit Franchisee, BrightStar Care of Madison, WI

Melanie Bergeron, Chair of the Board, Two Men and A Truck International, Inc., and William Bass, Two Men and A Truck Franchisee of Tucson, AZ

Steve Caldeira, President and CEO, International Franchise Association

What:Franchisor/Franchisee Perspective on NLRB “Joint Employer” Recommendation, Importance of Franchising to U.S. Economy

When:Tuesday, September 16, andWednesday, September 17, 2014

To set up a joint interview with a Franchisor/Franchisee pair or with Steve Caldeira, please contact:

Jenna Weisbord, IFA,202-662-0766,[email protected]


Matt Haller, IFA,202-460-8356,[email protected]

About the International Franchise Association

The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating over 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising. Through its media awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the economic impact of the more than 825,000 franchise establishments, which support nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic output for the U.S. economy. IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.