Dec 19, 2014 8:29 AM
Kevin Landrigan: Congressman-Elect Frank Guinta warns threat to franchise owners
AUBURN - Congressman-Elect Frank Guinta, R-NH, tried to make good on his vow to be a friend of small business, hearing franchise owners fearful of a looming federal, labor relations board decision.
Guinta went to Visiting Angels, an elder health care franchiser and also huddled with Concord hotel chain owner Steve Duprey.
Officials with both warned Guinta that within 60 days the federal Labor Relations Board will issue a ruling in a McDonald's case that could strip control franchise owners have over their workplaces and their employees.
Guinta said he believes the Congress will step in either with legislation or a federal budget writer to preserve local owner control.
"We need to have bipartisan solutions and this is a perfect example,'' Guinta said.
"If you applied logic to this circumstance, we should continue to allow small business owners the autonomy to run their own businesses and I would expect we would have bipartisan support for that type of approach.''
New Hampshire is home to 3,700 different franchise outlets that employ more than 40,000 residents.