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&pizza to close all stores on Election Day

The politically progressive chain is giving all employees paid time off on Nov. 3 to encourage them to vote.
Photo courtesy of &pizza Instagram account

Washington, D.C.-based &pizza, known for its support of progressive causes, will close all of its units on Nov. 3 and give its employees a paid day off for Election Day.

The chain provided paid time off to vote in the 2016 and 2018 elections.

“After learning from the complicated coordination needed when juggling multiple requests for time off across several locations, cities and states, &pizza is determined to make it as frictionless an experience as possible by removing work-related impediments and closing shop operations for the day,” the company said in a press release.

&pizza workers also received three days of paid time off each year to “participate in activism of their choosing,” the 36-unit chain said.

"&pizza employs over 700 people across several states, and we want to make sure they have our support alongside the necessary resources to enact the change they want to see in the 2020 election," said Michael Lastoria, CEO and co-founder of &pizza. "Our democracy has been pushed to its limits, and we want to empower and educate our workforce to assert their voice at the polls. With the industry's help, we can provide a much larger opportunity to do what's right, and what's needed in this country for this election and moving forward."


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