UnhappyFranchisee.Com publisher Sean Kelly participated in a National Public Radio broadcast on franchising on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Here’s the overview of the “Afternoon Shift” program as it appears on the SoundCloud posting:
This week our series Front and Center has been looking at a business model known as franchising. U.S. franchise jobs have outpaced job growth overall for twelve months in a row and franchise jobs in Illinois now total almost 345,000. Many call franchising an efficient model that’s good for consumers, but this way of doing business is also coming under fire. Franchisees are almost always small-business owners, and some say they are feeling squeezed between their workers and the big corporations above them. A union-backed movement is organizing minimum-wage protests outside their stores and the franchisees are pushing for limits on how the brand-name companies treat them.
We’re joined by WBEZ Reporter, Chip Mitchell, Vice President of Public Affairs for the International Franchise Association, Sean Kelly [UnhappyFranchisee.Com publisher] and Matthew Patinkin, [franchise] owner of 60 Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. General Counsel & Program Director at National Employment Law Project, Catherine Ruckelshaus, Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy for the International Franchise Association, Jay Perron and Damon Silvers, Policy Director and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO, also join us.
Listen to Afternoon shift – Behind the Burgers (46:03):
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