A group of Seattle franchise owners filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to stop the city-wide $15 minimum wage ordinance scheduled to go into effect April 2015. According to franchise owners, the new law “unfairly treats them as large-business owners, though they are independently owned and operated as small businesses.”
If Seattle’s $15 minimum wage plan moves forward as is, franchise owners—who should be classified as small business owners—would be placed at a severe disadvantage to their competitors. Whereas small business would have seven years, franchise owners would have only three to four years to raise all workers’ wages to $15 an hour.
“Hundreds of small, locally-owned businesses and thousands of their employees are unfairly threatened by Seattle’s new law. We are not seeking special treatment for franchisees, we are just seeking equal treatment.” said Steve Caldeira, president & CEO of the International Franchise Association.
Given the brain power behind Seattle’s $15 minimum wage, it should come to no surprise that the ordinance includes the highly flawed definition of a franchise. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant demonstrated the extent of her ignorance on the subject when she said, “In order to be a franchisee, you need to be very, very wealthy.”
She’s a communist. Therefore, she’s brain dead.
You consider your existence a life, huh !??