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Senators Rubio, Barrasso, Cornyn and Representative Johnson Reintroduce Bill Allowing Employers to Award Performance-Based Raises to Unionized Workers

May 23, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Barrasso (R-WY), and John Cornyn (R-TX) reintroduced the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act, which would amend the National Labor Relations Act to allow employers to give merit-based compensation increases to their employees, even if those increases are not part of a collective bargaining agreement. If enacted, the RAISE Act would make wages set in union contracts a minimum floor, while giving employers the flexibility to reward employees for their hard work. U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced companion legislation in the House.
“There is nothing more American than rewarding hard work,” Rubio said. “Union bosses should not be able to arbitrarily block a performance-based raise earned by a hard-working employee. The RAISE Act would bring greater fairness and opportunity to the modern workplace by giving American workers the freedom to earn more money for a job well done.”
“Great workers make businesses successful. When employers want to share profits with their hardest-working employees, regulations and union requirements shouldn’t be allowed to stand in the way,” Johnson said. “The RAISE Act will provide employers flexibility to give hard-working employees a raise. Hard work should be rewarded, not discouraged.”