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Tucson business owner unhappy with new NLRB rule on franchises

A rule resetting how the National Labor Relations Board determines if a company has to negotiate with workers in franchise locations is scheduled to take effect Feb. 26.

A franchisee with stores in Tucson is hoping Congress will act to keep the current rule made during the Trump administration. Wes Snyder is an accountant who owns a handful of FASTSIGNS franchises, including two stores in Tucson. Some of his Arizona employees have earned a stake in the franchise.

Snyder said future staff can't be as successful if government action makes him into a middle manager for a conglomerate.

“My entire team is just employees of a larger company. That’s what this joint-employer rule kind of looks like to me," Snyder said.

The NLRB determines if a company and franchises are a joint-employer.

The board said the pending analysis-standard is driven by whether a company has power to control at least one essential condition of employment for franchise workers.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.