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Marco Rubio: Companies Should Be Able to Go Around Union Bosses to Offer Raises to Good Employees

“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.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is championing a proposal to allow companies to offer raises for high performing employees and leave union bosses out of the equation.

Last week, Rubio and U.S. Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wy., and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., brought back the “Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act” which, the Florida Republican’s office noted, “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” and would make wages set in union contracts a minimum floor, while giving employers the flexibility to reward employees for their hard work.” Over in the U.S. House, U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-SD, has introduced the companion bill.

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD) introduced companion legislation in the House.

Rubio weighed in on the proposal, which did not pass in the last Congress and is not expected to clear the Democrat-controlled House, on Thursday.

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“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.”

Rubio has been championing similar proposals for the past seven years in Congress.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com 

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