Senators Introduce Bill to Allow Employers to Give Unionized Employees Raises for Performance

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently introduced legislation that would allow employers to provide financial incentives to individual employees based on their job performance, rather than based on seniority in a collective bargaining unit. Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is also cosponsoring the legislation.

If passed, the “Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act” would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which currently covers collective bargaining agreements for nearly 7 million workers. These agreements prevent employers for rewarding high job performance, instead creating “seniority ceilings” that force employers to provide raises to employees based upon their seniority.

Senator Alexander remarked, “This bill will give employers the freedom to pay their employees more for a job well done, for their dedication and hard work, rather than for their time spent in a union.”

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