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Calling California Franchisees: Fair Franchising Legislation SB-610 Capitol Visits, Tuesday August 5

Posted on Date: Aug 4, 2014


From Keith Miller, Chairman of the Coalition of Franchise Associations (CFA) And endorsed by AAFD Chairman, Robert Purvin

Dear California Franchisee or Franchisee Leader,

As I told you a few days ago, we are planning visits at the Capitol to support Senate Bill 610 on Tuesday, August 5th. We will meet by 9:00AM at the offices of Pane and Pane. The address is:

1123 J Street
3rd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

This Ad was PAID BY IFA. Once again, the IFA has fallen back on scare tactics and lies.

This Ad was PAID BY IFA. Once again, the IFA has fallen back on scare tactics and lies.

We will go over a briefing on the bill and talking points before sending the group over to the Capitol on meetings. We will then plan on meeting back at the offices at 4:00PM to discuss the progress made.

This day is critical to the success of passing this franchisee protection bill. The IFA is going all out to defeat this bill. I have attached an advertisement they have run in many districts, claiming this bill will put 28,050 jobs at risk. Yet, the IFA always reminds lawmakers that the employees in the stores are the employees of franchisees. I wonder how they figure if we get legislation to protect our interests that we will then cut jobs? It doesn't make sense.

Then today, the IFA sent out this message:

"California Senate Bill 610: Take a closer look, time is running out
Franchise businesses in California, including franchisees across the state and franchisors who invest there, are facing a grave threat in the form of Senate Bill 610. The legislation would open the door to unionization of the franchises, harm brand standards, erode franchisee equity and enable franchise contracts to exist in perpetuity. If passed, SB 610 will negatively impact jobs, franchise businesses will close and existing contracts will become embroiled in costly litigation. This legislation must be stopped! We need your support to take action now!"

Once again, the IFA has fallen back on scare tactics and lies. They state the bill will "enable franchise contracts to exist in perpetuity". Yet, the bill was amended and the renewal language removed. This is a lie, and they know it! Then they state the bill will "open the door to unionization of the franchisees". Where in the bill is this covered. Again, a lie and they know it! The bill will not harm brand standards, and it will not erode franchisee equity. As before, the bill is attached, read it for yourself.

As we have shown, the opposition will say and do anything to defeat this bill. They don't respect franchisees and want to keep them in line with what franchisors want. It's really too bad they don't treat franchisees who have invested in these brands as partners in the brands. For franchising to succeed long term, franchisees and franchisors need to work together.

At this point, the Assembly floor vote on this bill could be as soon as Thursday, August 7. That is why August 5 is so important. We need franchisees to attend and support this effort.

RSVP for this meeting by replying to this email. I can't stress enough how your attendance will help pass this bill.

Please pass this on to other franchisees that you feel will help with supporting this bill. Have them email me with their contact information. Thank you for your support.


Keith R. Miller
Chairman - Coalition of Franchisee Associations (
Owner - Subway Grass Valley & Auburn, CA
Phone (530) 906-3988

[document url=""]SB-610 Amended 6-30-2014.pdf[/document]

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