Julie Su, President Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), has shown herself to be an alarming threat to the franchising sector in Montana.

Total put at risk by Julie Su in Montana:

  • 3,074 franchise establishments
  • 33,174 franchise employees
  • $3.283 billion in economic output from franchises

Su, who was previously the head of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency, aggressively supported A.B. 257, the “FAST Recovery Act.” The bill would grant California’s government vast new power to regulate wages and company policies at franchised restaurants. Californian voters made clear their opposition to the radical overhaul last year, with over one million voters signing a petition proposing a ballot referendum which could overturn the new law.

Su has also been a participant in the Biden administration’s broader attacks on franchising. Shortly after Su became U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor, DOL announced a revocation of Trump-era protections under the joint employer standard, further threatening the viability of the franchise model.

In total, Julie Su threatens 3,074 establishments33,174 employees; and $3.283 billion in financial output in Montana’s franchising sector.*

*Data obtained from the FRANdata 2023 Franchising Economic Outlook.