Defending Main Street against NLRB Joint Employer Rule Gains Traction

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Kathy Hoekstra

National media outlets report on the new Job Creators Network campaign to educate Americans on the potentially devastating impact of the NLRB joint-employer ruling on the nation's franchise businesses.

The Job Creators Network-led “Defend Main Street” campaign to educate lawmakers and the public about the latest big government attack on business is picking up steam, with coverage by influential media outlets.

In “Business Group Launches Campaign Against NLRB Franchise Ruling,” The Daily Caller recapped the JCN position on the NLRB rule to consider parent companies “joint-owners” of individual franchise businesses, and discussed the publicity campaign:

“Additionally, JCN has launched a petition on its website calling on small business owners and everyday people to “Pledge to Defend Main Street” and “Let the NLRB Know: This is Unacceptable.”

The NLRB ruling has gained criticism from business groups such as the International Franchise Association, and has also prompted legal disputes. Recently, a judge ruled in Vann v. Massage Envy Franchising LLC that the franchisor was not the employer of the individual businesses they contract out to.”

The Daily Caller article in its entirety can be found here.

The Hill’s piece, “TV ads target NLRB joint-employer status,” recapped the effort from the advertisements, the petition drive taking place on DefendMainStreet.com and JCN statements:

“Groups who oppose NLRB’s change say franchisees would lose control over key business decision like how they hire, fire and pay employees.

Print advertisements ran in Roll Call and the Washington edition of the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. In addition to the media blitz, the Job Creators Network said it’s collecting signatures online in a petition to keep individually owned franchisees separate from their corporate franchisors.

“Unelected bureaucrats at the NLRB are trying to turn one of the most successful business models in history — the franchise system — on its head,” network CEO Alfredo Ortiz said in a statement.

“Instead of threatening a proven way for minorities and others to start their own business, the government should be supporting policies that stimulate and encourage job creation”.

The Hill piece in its entirety can be found here.