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Washington Lodging Association’s Board Supports Lawsuit Challenging Franchise Language in Seattle Wage Ordinance

Please click here to view the WLA’s press release. (June 16, 2014)  The Board of Directors of the Washington Lodging Association today announced its opposition to the franchise language in the City of Seattle’s recently adopted wage ordinance and its support for the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court by five Seattle franchisees and the International Franchise

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IFA President and CEO, Steve Caldeira speaks with Neil Cavuto on IFA’s lawsuit against the city of Seattle

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IFA’s Open Letter to Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council:

  In conjunction with the complaint that five Seattle franchisees and IFA filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, which alleges the new wage law illegally discriminates against franchisees and improperly treats them not as the small, locally-owned businesses they are, but as large, national companies, the IFA and Seattle for Franchise Fairness launched

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International Franchise Association Files Lawsuit Against Seattle for Equal Treatment

Federal Complaint Alleges Discrimination Against Franchisees  SEATTLE, June 11, 2014 – The International Franchise Association (IFA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade group, and five franchisees today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking to block Seattle’s recently enacted law to increase to the city’s minimum wage to $15 per-hour. The complaint alleges the

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The Seattle Times: Seattle’s monitored minimum-wage experiment should be revisited

In bowing to noisy $15 minimum wage activists, Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council are gambling with the Seattle economy. Seattle Times Editorial IN passing an unprecedented $15 minimum-wage law this week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council promised the city it will be a positive economic experiment. That’s a big

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IFA’s Press Coverage on the Seattle Minimum Wage Issue

The IFA is steadfast in strengthening our outreach and spreading our message on the issue of Seattle’s minimum wage. All Seattle small businesses should be treated equally under the $15 dollar minimum wage ordinance. Below is a small sample of the national, local and electronic press coverage that IFA has received on the issue.  National:  Discriminatory

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AlphaGraphics Seattle Franchise Owner Chuck Stempler on How He Plans to Fight Seattle’s New $15 Minimum Wage.

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Matt Hollek, Subway Franchisee on Wage Hike: “I don’t know how I’m going to do it in Seattle”

SEATTLE — In 2003, Matt Hollek bought a Subway franchise in Ballard. In exchange for using the corporate name, Hollek pays a royalty to Subway, plus funds his own payroll, rent, insurance and food costs. Even though Hollek only has eight employees, his shop is considered a big business under Seattle’s new minimum wage law.

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Chuck Stempler, Local Seattle Franchisee, Explains the Discriminatory Nature of the New Minimum Wage Ordinance

  By Essex Porter SEATTLE, Wash. — At AlphaGraphics printing in Seattle, the owner says 88 percent of the employees already make at least $15 an hour, so Chuck Stempler says the fight isn’t about the higher minimum wage, but instead about how the ordinance defines large and small businesses. “I would like the City of

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The Expected Impact of Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage

  by GLENN FARLEY / KING 5 News Bio | Email | Follow: @GlennFarley Posted on June 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM Updated yesterday at 9:02 PM SEATTLE – Will Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law mean the end of the $5 foot-long sub? As the law gets Mayor Ed Murray’s signature, businesses have come out swinging. Already the

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