Petition for Investigation of the Franchise Industry

Submitted to the FTC by Service Employees International Union. The Service Employees International Union (the “petitioner”) hereby petitions the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to investigate the franchise industry to determine the existence and extent of abusive and predatory practices by franchisors toward franchisees. The petitioner requests that the FTC issue an order pursuant to FTC Act section 6(b) to no fewer than nine leading franchise companies compelling the production of information about those companies’ relationships with their franchisees.

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