To amend the National Labor Relations Act to permit employers to pay higher wages to their employees. Read More


This bill was introduced on Apr 18, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Apr 18, 2012



Bill Text


To amend the National Labor Relations Act to permit employers to pay higher wages to their employees.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act'' or the ``RAISE Act''.


Section 9(a) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 159(a)) is amended-- (1) by inserting ``(1)'' after ``(a)''; and (2) by adding at the end the following: ``(2) Notwithstanding a labor organization's exclusive representation of employees in a unit, or the terms and conditions of any collective bargaining contract or agreement then in effect, nothing in either-- ``(1) section 8(a)(1) or 8(a)(5), or ``(2) a collective bargaining contract or agreement renewed or entered into after the date of enactment of the RAISE Act, shall prohibit an employer from paying an employee in the unit greater wages, pay, or other compensation for, or by reason of, his or her services as an employee of such employer, than provided for in such contract or agreement.''. <all>

Read Full Text

Sentiment Map



0 Supporting
0 Opposing
0% 0%

State: CA

0 Supporting
0 Opposing
0% 0%

District: 1st

0 Supporting
0 Opposing
0% 0%

Popularity Trend

Organizations Supporting

Currently, union contracts set both a floor and a ceiling on wages, meaning that while workers cannot be paid below a certain amount, they also cannot be paid above a certain amount, eliminating true performance-based pay. The legislation is necessary because unions have actually fought bonuses awarded to their members. The National labor Relations Board (NLRB) has sided with the unions, and not the workers, in such cases, claiming the bonuses constituted an illegal “direct dealing” with the workers. “Direct dealing” is forbidden under collective bargaining law. This means that if a union worker works hard, takes initiative and proves to be an indispensable asset to their actual employer, they can’t be rewarded unless the union says so. This creates the false dynamic that the union, not the actual company, is the source of their income. Hard workers end up being held back while less productive workers are propped up. It removes the incentive for hard work and runs contrary to the spirit and values that built America. The RAISE Act would not eliminate the floor set by collective bargaining agreements, but would remove the pay ceiling, allowing exceptional employees to be compensated as such. It also does not allow employers from unfairly rewarding non-union workers with raises just to punish union workers. Simply put, it is not union busting, but a way of rewarding deserving employees. Heritage Action supports (H.R.4385) and will include CO-SPONSORSHIP of this legislation in our scorecard.

Heritage Action 2 years ago

Organizations Opposing

No organizations opposing yet.

Users Supporting

No constiutents supporting yet.

Users Opposing

No constituents opposing yet.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4384the Patient Safety and Drug Labeling Improvement Act H.R. 4386the Budget for Disasters Act