The Massage Franchise: Increase payrates for massage therapists; decrease lowballing of massage.
  • Petitioning Todd Leff

This petition will be delivered to:

CEO, Hand and Stone Massage Spa, Inc.
Todd Leff
CEO/Founder of Massage Heights
Glenn Franson
CEO, Massage Green
Allie Mallad
CEO, Zen Massage
Randall Scribner
President and CEO, Together Franchise Holdings, Inc.
Jeff Jervik
CEO, Massage Luxe
Todd Beckman
CEO, Massage Envy
Dave Crisalli
VP of Industry Relations and Product Development, Massage Envy
Cynthia Funk
CEO, LaVida Massage
Peggy Davis

The Massage Franchise: Increase payrates for massage therapists; decrease lowballing of massage.

    1. LMTs Against Massage Envy and Like Franchises Agree?  Join us!
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      LMTs Against Massage Envy and Like Franchises Agree? Join us!

      howard beach, NY

The Licensed Massage Therapists and supporters of massage therapy's New Year Resolution is to Empower Our Profession and its Worth: I'm worth my skill and therefore, I choose not to be employed or support a corporate franchise."

The corporate franchise has low balled the price of our services, miseducated the public on the worth of massage therapy and the massage therapist and is responsible for crippling our industry. Massage Envy has an ongoing unlimited membership for $39 for a one-hour massage; this is a $35-$50 decrease in charge for the worth of a one-hour massage. In 2002, the year that Massage Envy began, the starting rate of pay for a therapist fresh out of school, an unseasoned licensed massage therapist was $25 an hour. Today Massage Envy and like franchises pay their therapists a rate $5-$10 less then the starting rate for a beginner massage therapist in the profession 10 years ago. A massage therapist’s job is priced accordingly due to the type of work we do and the effects of that work on the body, mind and spirit. As healthcare professionals, in order to maintain our ability to prosper in our work and continue to be able to perform our work for a lifetime, we can not work a typical 8-hour day. The typical length of a shift for a massage therapist is 6 hours per day which is why a massage therapist’s pay scale and hourly rate is higher than the average 9 to 5 job. These franchises claim to make massage affordable, however, what about the affordability for a massage therapist’s fiscal survival? The public needs to be made aware of the other side of the coin in this equation; they need to be educated about the slave labor wages that these franchises are paying their therapists and the negative and devastating effects these franchises have had on our industry. Massage Envy was rated by Forbes as one of the top 20 franchises. While Massage Envy makes millions, they are paying their workers squat, making money off the backs of massage therapists and our industry.

I know my worth as an LMT, in doing so by signing this petition, I vow not to support or work for any corporate franchise such as, Massage Envy, Hand and Stone or any such corporate franchise, facility or business that underpays massage therapists and undercharges for the worth of a massage therapy service. I further demand that such franchises and facilities acknowledge the worth of massage therapy and their professionals and pay their workers a minimum of $30 per hour for their work.

As a supporter of massage therapy, I sign this petition and request such franchises pay their therapists the appropriate starting, minimum hourly rate of $30 per hour.

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    News

    1. Massage Envy Loses in California Court Case

      Calif. Massage Chain Class Wins Cert. Over Lost Rubs

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      Law360, Los Angeles (April 17, 2014, 7:59 PM ET) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class that could include more than 130,000 Massage Envy Franchising LLC customers, who claim the chain committed unfair business practices by making them give up contractual rights to massages they had paid for in advance.
      U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw's class certification order marked a crucial victory for the plaintiffs, clearing the way for a massive consumer class action challenging the validity of the massage chain's contracts and alleging violations of California's Unfair Competition Law.

      The class consists of California customers since Dec. 7, 2007, who paid $59 in monthly membership fees to Massage Envy franchisees for one 50-minute massage per month, only to have the prepaid massages withheld or forfeited.

      http://www.law360.com/.../calif-massage-cha

    2. Massage Envy

      Massage Envy therapists accused of sexual misconduct

      CREATED May. 1, 2014 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Multiple therapists. Multiple victims. One massage company. For months, Contact 13's Darcy Spears has been investigating the devastating consequences when massage becomes misconduct. She has uncovered an internal, corporate document that many say keeps complaints under wraps and paves the way for more victims. They're the documents massage envy doesn't want to you to see.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. ZHE Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Massage Envy

      ZHLaw

      ZHE Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Massage Envy Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Massage Envy on behalf of massage therapists and estheticians in California. The complaint alleges that Massage Envy's compensation plan violates California's wage and hour laws by unlawfully averaging its non-exempt employees' compensation.

    5. Massage Heights on Undercover Boss Creates Outrage from Viewers.

      Massage Therapists and viewers outraged by Massage Heights Franchise COO on Undercover Boss episode bombard Massage Heights and Undercover Boss Facebook pages.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LCstKCAaU0

      Outraged by Massage Heights (Undercover Boss)

      Massage therapists were outraged after viewing Shane Evans, COO of Massage Heights on an episode of Undercover Boss which aired on December 13, 2013. Ms. Evans although having no training performed both facial and massage services on the show.

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Massage Therapists Educate Clients About Franchise Myths.

      Massage therapists wage a campaign to educate clients and fellow massage therapists about unethical franchise practices. Read, Share, Spread and post this flyer in support of your local massage therapists. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153536469660623&set=a.288719340622.316461.825080622&type=1&theater

      If you would like a downloaded copy send us a request at lmtsagainstthefranchise@hotmail.com

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    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Massage World Festival Inducts VP of Industry Relations for Massage Envy.

      It is no wonder that our industry has been monopolized by these franchises when organizations within our industry accept sponsorship money from these franchises and in turn bestow an honor undeserved to a key player who has been a top contributor to the pioneer of the massage franchise. This summer the Massage World Festival has decided to induct CG Funk, the Vice President of Industry Relations and Product Development into their Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

      To add insult to injury, upon receiving comments of disdain for this unethical choice, the Massage World Festival chose to delete and block those therapists who spoke out against this induction.

      We encourage you to continue stand up for this cause by not attending this event. Let the Massage World Festival know that you refuse to support an organization that would handle themselves in such a manner by first inducting somoene who is not upstanding to receive this kind of honor and finally for ignoring the voice of LMTs.

    10. Massage Envy Fanpage Blast Yields Deceitful Response from Massage Envy.

      In an attempt to raise awareness about the deplorable pay scale and working conditions at Massage Envy to consumers via a Fanpage Blast on the Massage Envy Fanpage by members of LMTSAGAINSTTHE FRANCHSE this Tuesday, a representative of ME responded to a member's post by encouraging the commenter to direct message ME via their fanpage, while simultaneously blocking the member from actually doing so. Yet another example of corporate's deceitful business practices and guises to woo their customers into believing that they are an ethical business with ethical business practices.

    11. New Youtube Video Posted Today!

      We have created a youtube video that you can use to help spread the word about this cause at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VP0dxG6_1I

    12. Reached 250 signatures
    13. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Arlene Aslanian BOYNTON BEACH, FL
      • about 17 hours ago

      A friend of mine was a massage therapist at Massage Envy and it is true that the pay is so low that he can barely afford rent on a studio apartment and can't afford to maintain his car. He has been a massage therapist for many years.

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    • Kara O'Dwyer WEST HAVEN, CT
      • 4 days ago

      I'm a LMT who was abused by a massage franchise, a single mother with no other choice but to work for crap pay until they decided to let me go.

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      • 10 days ago

      I am signing because I feel Massage Envy sales tactics are underhanded.

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    • Kathryn Lindberg CARY, NC
      • 11 days ago

      I'm a massage therapist that believes strongly in the holistic healthcare world. The schooling for this career is very serious and the education is very thorough. I should be compensated for how hard I worked to get to where I am. For all that I've obtained I still have to work 2-3 jobs just to stay afloat.

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    • Barbara Alpert MONTPELIER, VT
      • 12 days ago

      I am a massage therapist for a long time. I care about my profession and believe we as therapists deserve to be treated well.

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