Bill name: Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act
Bill sponsors: H.R. 2992, sponsored by Dusty Johnson (R-SD), S. 1633 sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Summary: The RAISE Act is a short, two-page bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and allow employers the option to pay wages higher than the level set by a collective bargaining agreement. Under this change, employers could grant merit-based pay raises to individual employees irrespective of the wage scales within that workplace’s collective bargaining agreement.
“There is nothing more American than rewarding hard work. 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.” -Sen. Marco Rubio
“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. The RAISE Act will provide employers flexibility to give hard-working employees a raise. Hard work should be rewarded, not discouraged.” -Rep. Dusty Johnson
Bill Status: The RAISE Act was reintroduced in June of 2019 by Rep. Dusty Johnson, a new sponsor for the 115th Congress, replacing the longtime sponsor, former Rep. Todd Rokita. Sen. Rubio has introduced the Senate version since 2012. The legislation has not been approved by either chamber in previous Congresses.