Restaurant Staffing Shortage | Ottawa University Champions
Workers are not returning to the restaurant industry and the first national champions in NAIA women's flag football are the Ottawa University Braves.
Segment 1, beginning at 0:59: After Kansas City loosened capacity restrictions and scrapped social distancing measures last month, customers responded by flocking back into dining rooms.
The problem is that without enough employees restaurants aren’t able to scale up production to meet the pent-up demand they're experiencing. Pre-pandemic industry conditions are causing workers to look for jobs elsewhere as "they're understanding the value of a livable wage," says Jenny Vergara.
- Liz Cook, freelance food reporter for The Pitch
- Jenny Vergara, contributing editor for Feast Magazine
Segment 2, beginning at 26:50: The spring of 2021 was the first year for NAIA collegiate women's flag football.
The Ottawa University Braves of Ottawa, Kansas, dominated in the first year of competition. In addition to coach of the year and player of the year, the team came home from Atlanta with the national championship. The head coach and one of the Ottawa players described what went into making a winning season and what the sport means for women's athletics.