The Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 has franchises lobbying politicians to block the legislation that could â€˜dramatically increase labor costs.â€™
As of early May, there were reports in the national media that a compromise bill was being drafted by Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who was said to be holding private meetings with a minority group of Democrats opposed to the legislation in its current form, including Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).
Andrew Weikert, director of government affairs for the Auntie Anneâ€™s Inc. hot pretzel chain, is spending a lot of time in Washington these days battling a contentious labor issue his company fears could critically impair its franchise system at a time when economic recovery remains uncertain.
The Lancaster, Pennsylvaniaâ€“based quick-serve operating nearly 1,000 units is just one of many restaurant companies taking a hard line against the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 (EFCA), also known as â€œcard checkâ€ legislation, which was introduced in identical bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on March 10. More.