Cleveland Democrat Mike Foley’s bill that would allow Ohio retail workers to refuse holiday shifts without repercussions and force retailers to pay triple wages for those who do opt to work.
Strong Black Friday week sales were no match for the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, as US retailers hope to make up lost sales in December.
One-third of the country plans to shop on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, according to a survey by WSL/Strategic Retail. The survey found that while consumers don’t necessarily expect the best deals on Black Friday, they enjoy the tradition.
November retail sales, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, were up just over 3 percent, a slow-down that many retailers are blaming on weather and lackluster sales up until the end of the month.