Franchisees demanding FTC investigation

Franchisees are urging the FTC to investigate abuses in the franchising industry through an online petition launched by WeAreMainSt.

The problems franchisees face are national: Rising demands for expensive investments; unfair terminations; blocked sales. An investigation by the FTC, which oversees franchising, will show the need for a national solution.

The online campaign supports the request for investigation that SEIU filed with the FTC in May.

“The Franchise system desperately needs reform,” said Kathryn Slater-Carter, a former McDonald’s franchise owner from California’s Bay Area. “The Federal Trade Commission needs to investigate on behalf of the small-business owners whose investments of sweat and savings make franchising work.”

Franchisees can sign the petition here.