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Backed by SEIU, franchisees seek greater protection in contracts
Backed by SEIU, franchisees seek greater protection in contracts

Small-business franchises are fighting in the Legislature for more protection against giant corporations that dictate how they run their fast-food restaurants, convenience stores and a range of other services. And backed by a powerful union, franchise legislation has emerged as one of the most hotly contested business measures of the year. Companies and labor unions are furiously lobbying lawmakers ahead of a final vote that could come as soon as Wednesday in the state Senate. The bill, SB 610 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), seeks to better shield franchise owners from having their businesses taken from them by the corporate headquarters for what some individual stores say...

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