IFA Takes Legal Action to Preserve the Franchise Model

    Last week, Seattle's City Council passed an ordinance that raised the minimum wage to $15, the highest in the United States. Large employers, defined as businesses with 500 or more employees, have three years to implement the payroll change while small businesses have up to seven years. However, independently-owned franchised businesses are being unfairly categorized as large employers under the new ordinance. There are more than 600 franchisees in Seattle, who own 1,700 franchise locations and employ 19,000 workers. IFA's President & CEO Steve Caldeira spoke out against this discriminatory proposal and announced plans to file a lawsuit against the City of Seattle. He asserted that "hundreds of franchise small business owners are being punished simply because they chose to operate as franchisees" during his statement directly following the vote. Click here to stay updated on how the Seattle Minimum Wage Plan is affecting the franchise industry. Below is a small sample of the national press coverage IFA has received on the issue, for a full list of media coverage please visit our website. NATIONAL: The Huffington Post: ABC News Panel Debates Raising Minimum Wage Forbes: Minimum Wage Hike Feels Good Now, But Will Lead to Long-Term Pain The New York Times: Seattle Approves $15 Minimum Wage, Setting a New Standard for Big Cities The Wall Street Journal: Seattle’s Very Big — and Very Complex — Wage Jump Associations Now: Franchise Association Promises Lawsuit Over Seattle Minimum Wage Law Associated Press: Seattle hikes minimum wage; will others follow? The Wall Street Journal: Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Hourly Wage Reuters: Seattle approves hike in minimum wage to $15 per hour USA TodaySeattle raises minimum wage to $15 an hour The Washington Post: Seattle to enact $15 minimum wage NPRSeattle Ordinance Gradually Increases Minimum Wage To $15 Gawker: Seattle Is Soon to Have the Highest Minimum Wage in America ABC News Radio: Seattle City Council Approves Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Examiner: Seattle latest state to increase the minimum wage Associated PressSeattle's $15 Minimum Wage: Questions And Answers PJMedia: Seattle Declares War On Small Business With $15 An Hour Minimum Wage BBC News: Seattle Votes For $15 Minimum Wage Associated Press: Seattle City Council OKs Minimum Wage Increase To $15 An Hour, Making It The Nation's Highest LOCAL: Los Angeles Times: Seattle raises minimum wage to $15 an hour, highest in U.S. The Seattle Times: Seattle City Council approves historic $15 minimum wage KIRO 7: Seattle To Get $15 Minimum Wage -- Nation's Highest City & State NY: Mayor De Blasio Backs Proposal To Raise Local Minimum Wage MyNorthwest.com: Franchise Group To Sue Over Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage New York Daily News: Mayor de Blasio Says President Obama's $10.10 Minimum Wage Is Not Enough Seattle Post Intelligencer: Seattle Enacts $15 Minimum Wage, A Phased In Big Dream Q13 Fox: Seattle City Council unanimously approves $15 minimum wage plan Puget Sound Business Journal: Franchise Group Plans To Sue Over Seattle's Minimum Wage Rules Complex City Guide: Seattle To Officially Increase Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour Puget Sound Business Journal: Seattle Council Approves Minimum Wage Boost ELECTRONIC COVERAGE Fox BusinessSubway franchisee serves Seattle Fox BusinessFighting Seattle’s new minimum wage Fox & FriendsFranchise group is planning to sue over Seattle wage hike Seattle Minimum Wage Coverage-KING Seattle Minimum Wage Coverage-KCPQ Seattle Minimum Wage Coverage-KOMO Seattle Minimum Wage Coverage-KIRO Minimum Wage Report-CNN Minimum Wage Report-MSNBC Kshama Sawant Interview-KCPQ 570 KVI with Steve Caldeira OTHER NOTABLE ARTICLES: Inter Press Service: Low-Wage Workers Butt Heads With 21st Century Capital Morning Sentinel: Harold Meyerson: Studies Show Raising Wages Creates Jobs