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Franchising (Part 3 of 3): Franchisee or employee?

WBEZ on April 09, 2014 04:25

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    This week, the WBEZ series Front and Center has been investigating a business model known as franchising, a way for a brand-name company to have small-business owners run its locations. Franchising can be efficient and help keep consumer prices down. But critics point to low wages and poor work conditions in heavily franchised industries like fast food and convenience stores. Today we hear how franchising works in commercial cleaning. Some janitors say they should not be treated as franchisees and that they deserve to earn at least the minimum wage. WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell and Shannon Heffernan have the story.

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