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IFA to Sue Seattle City Council Over Minimum Wage Hike

The Nothwest news reports that the IFA will sue over the $15 minimum wage increase.

A bold but necessary action by the IFA. Franchisee associations should join in the lawsuit or hopefully file Amicus Brief:

The Washington, D.C.-based International Franchise Association says the ordinance is discriminatory because it requires franchise owners to raise their minimum wage as quickly as any other big business rather than under the rules passed for other small businesses."The City Council's action today is unfair, discriminatory and a deliberate attempt to achieve a political agenda at the expense of small franchise businesses owners," says IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira.

Treating all franchisees the same as large businesses is patently unfair. 

Under the new measure, businesses with fewer than 500 employees have seven years to phase in the $15 minimum wage. Big businesses and franchises - regardless of employee count - must raise their minimum wage to $15 within three years, or four years if they provide health insurance.

The notion that franchisees are wealthier than other small business owners cannot be supported by fact or verified

City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, a leading supporter of the $15 minimum wage effort, has said repeatedly that franchise owners are wealthier than other small business owners and can afford to pay the higher wage sooner even if they have a small number of employees.

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