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A pizza restaurant owner says he poached staff from rivals thanks to his earlier closing time, and says ‘everything is fair game’ during the labor shortage

Server Gloria Gregorio talks to customers at a booth with plexiglass dividers. At P.J. Whelihan's restaurant and pub in Spring Township Friday evening June 25, 2021

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A pizza chain franchisee told Bloomberg that he’s asking general managers to poach workers from rival restaurants as the hospitality industry continues to struggle finding enough staff.

“Everything is fair game,” Dan Sacco, who owns Your Pie restaurants in Iowa, told the publication.

He said he’d managed to poach some workers from rivals that shut at 1 a.m. by luring them in with Your Pie pizzerias’ 9:30 p.m. closing time.

Sacco said that he’d also attracted more workers after raising wages to an average of around $10.50 an hour. Workers make around $2 an hour in details ⇒

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