JCN in the News: Key media cite JCN CEOs on NLRB “joint-Employer” Franchise rule

Posted on February 5, 2015 by Kathy Hoekstra

The Daily Caller, Investors Business Daily and National Review Online highlight Job Creators Network in advance of a U.S. Senate Committee hearing on the so-called NRLB "joint-employer" rule for franchises.

In advance of today’s U.S. Senate Committee hearing on the National Labor Relations Board’s so-called “joint-employer” recommendation for franchise businesses, several key national media outlets cited Job Creators Network CEOs. The hearing is called, “Who’s the Boss — The Joint Employer Standard and Business Ownership.”

JCN strongly opposes the rule because it would upend one of the most successful business models in the nation’s history, and choke off opportunity for tens of thousands of would-be entrepreneurs and job creators. This stance is pointed out in the Investors Business Daily site, Investors.com:

“The Job Creators Network — which calls itself “a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs … who believe that government policies are breaking the backs of business owners” — believes that the NLRB recommendation “will drive up the costs of purchasing a franchise and choke off opportunity for tens of thousands of new small business owners.”

(Read the entire story here.)

An op-ed in The National Review Online by Lee Habeeb and Mike Leven, (former COO of Las Vegas Sands and JCN CEO) previews the hearing and cites JCN CEO members Andy Puzder and Heidi Ganahl:

“The franchising business model has succeeded because it allows franchisees to control costs, such as labor, and reap the benefits of running their businesses profitably,” Andy Puzder, the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal editorial. “The owner of your local McDonald’s decides who mops the floors; the decision doesn’t come out of headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.”

As the founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow, a day-care franchise for dogs, (Ganahl) understands the power of the franchise model firsthand. She wrote an op-ed for a local Colorado paper that started with a story about her own franchising experience:

Widowed and broke in my late 20s, I had a simple business idea: a day care for dogs. The idea took off, but it was soon clear that I would neither have the funds nor the time to expand it on a significant scale. So like thousands of other business owners, I decided to franchise. It was a win-win for me, who got to see my business idea flourish, and the franchisees, who received a ready-made business model for a reasonable price. Hundreds of thousands of pet owners in 40 states are happy I did. Not to mention the dogs!

(Read the entire story here.)

And in a piece titled , “Killing the American Dream,” The Daily Caller cited JCN CEO Alfredo Ortiz:

Ortiz noted that owning a business is a great way to fulfill the American dream, and this decision rips that away from many entrepreneurs — including many minorities and women.

“We really want to make sure the members of the NLRB know how this ruling hurts the entrepreneurial spirit,” Ortiz concluded. “We’re here to defend small businesses.”

(Read the entire story here.)