Rep. Rokita Introduces the Raise Act

On September 19, 2013, Representative Rokita introduced the Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act.  The RAISE Act would amend the National Labor Relations Act to reform the collective bargaining process and allow employers to give merit-based bonuses, raises, or other increases to an individual employee above the level set by the employee's union contract.  The bill has gained national and local coverage, with editorial support from a wide range of sources.

Due to the support and coverage the bill the bill received in the 112th Congress, the RAISE Act was heard by the Committee on Education and the Workforce's Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions (HELP).  During that hearing, Representative Rokita was able to engage witnesses on the merits of the RAISE Act.  You can watch that exchange here.

For more information on the hearing, or to watch an archived webcast of the entire hearing, visit the hearing page.


Support for the RAISE Act in the 112th Congress:

Representative Rokita penned an op-ed for the Washington Examiner in support of the RAISE Act: 
The Washington Examiner - U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita: RAISE Act would permit merit pay-raises

National Coverage and Editorial/Op-Ed Support:

The Hill - Republican propose amending NLRB rules to allow performance bonuses, raises

The Heritage Foundation Foundry blog - All Workers - Including Union Workers - Should Be Able to Achieve Rewards

The Hill - Rubio looks to amend NLRB rules on merit pay

Hot Air - Do union workers need a RAISE?

National Review - Removing Union Wage Ceilings

PJ Media - Extra Pay for Hard Work? Novel Concept Gets Help from Congress - Rokita Introduces RAISE Act to Allow Performance-Based Pay for Individual Employees

Red State - Why Stifle Employers from Offering Raises?

Labor Pains - Union Leaders Favor Raising Their Own Coffers Over Raising Salaries of Deserving Employees

Heritage Foundation's James Sherk: House Considers RAISE-ing Workers' Wages

National Review - Heritage Foundation's Michael France: Helping Workers RAISE Themselves

Washington Times - Michael Giles: Why unions don't want workers to earn more

Wall Street Journal - James Sherk: Why Unions Oppose Raises

Stakeholder Support:

Americans for Prosperity

National Right-to-Work Legal Defense Foundation

Recent In Case You Missed It Releases:

ICYMI: Rokita Op-Ed, National Coverage of Rokita's RAISE Act


Senator Marco Rubio (Florida) introduced the Senate version of this bill.