JCN in the News: Defend Main Street Rallies at Tampa NLRB Office Over Joint Employer Rule

Posted on March 6, 2015 by Kathy Hoekstra

A coalition of business owners in Tampa took to the streets downtown Friday to protest potential federal rules they say will crimp their franchise operations.

Friday, March 6 marked the first in an ongoing series of events called “Franchise Fridays,” whereby JCN, CEO leaders and individual, local franchise business owners rally to bring attention to the harm unelected bureaucrats in Washington, DC are doing to small businesses across America with their pending “joint employer” rule.

Here is the story published by the Tampa Tribune, recapping the event in front of the NLRB Regional office in Tampa:

A coalition of business owners in Tampa took to the streets downtown Friday to protest potential federal rules they say will crimp their franchise operations.

At issue is whether the National Labor Relations Board will treat individual franchisees of a brand as separate companies, or treat them as a “joint employer” nationwide, and thus expose local operators to more strict federal scrutiny.

“We believe that spreading that liability among all franchisees will only raise the cost of doing business and raise barriers against anyone looking to start a small business as a franchisee,” said Ted Peterson, a spokesman for the Job Creators Network group in Tampa that organized a protest among local companies such as College Hunks Hauling Junk and Checkers. “This could be people who work at your hotel, who prepare your food, who walk your dog. We’re concerned this could set a damaging precedent.”

Read the rest of the story here.