Have field franchisees & their leaders been persecuted by franchise supremacists?

June 23, 2012

Franchising and the American Dream grew in the same soil.

Some say lynching is deep within in the American psyche. And it’s alive and well today (Karen Klein).

Strange Fruit, Billie Holiday

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

Words by  Abel Meeropol

You don’t need a rope and tree to lynch someone. Lynching happened after slavery was abolished, when control was less direct but still needed by the dominant political, social, and economic class across the country.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963


Don’t look for truth in authority

February 13, 2011

It’s not there.

It’s in the poor and the imprisoned.

No one teacher is perfect.

[Living in Stereo]


Written words on a contract can deceive

February 12, 2011

Do you get the joke?

You saw success in your franchisee because you had expected to see it.

Still don’t get the trick? See here for a hint.

[Mighty Optical Illusions]


How do you break the middle-class chains forged by brand Bullies?

March 26, 2009

mlkfreedomYou guarantee franchised business staffs’ civil and employment rights.

This, in turn, protects every franchisee’s investment rights.

That’s the deal: a living wage and an adequate ROI for everyone. What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander: Freedom for all through collective bargaining franchisees and franchisees’ employees.

My staff and I eat from the same bowl. Our shared adversary (the franchisor) steals the whole dish.

“I will let my staff become unionized if that is their wish. I will negotiate in good faith with their legal representatives and fire any of my managers that go against this management decision. I wish to be my employees’ partner not their master.

I give my employees what they need to live, knowing that they and their union will help me achieve what I need to stay in business as a franchise.

My staff and I are partners who are both protected by experts in negotiation and power relationships.”

The intelligence, toughness and strength that organized labour brings to the negotiating table is only feared by one stakeholder: the franchisor. Their propaganda and self-loathing is there for everyone to see.

Your staff wants you to succeed financially and personally. They want you to be in business next year. They would like to have a decent wages, health care and retirement savings. They don’t begrudge you and your family making a living: in fact, they’d like to be part of the American Dream too one day.

Who stands in the way of both of you you making those dreams a reality?

Franchisees: You decide.

  • Survive on your knees (alone) or Stand Together.
  • No one ever raised themselves up (with dignity) by pushing others down.

Help those who will help you: today and tomorrow. Protect them and they will protect you.

History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.

Martin Luther King Jr., Speaking to the AFL-CIO on December 11, 1961.

The President of the United States and the AFL-CIO video.


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