Dear Senator and Representative:
The undersigned write to you on behalf of millions of American workers, whose livelihoods depend on free and open labor markets, to express our strong support for S. 1184 and H.R. 273, the “Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act” (RAISE Act), sponsored by Senator Vitter (R-LA) and Representative McClintock (R-CA). This crucial legislation amends the National Labor Relations Act to authorize employers to pay higher wages to their employees.
Current federal law caps the wages of over 8 million middle class workers due to Union contracts that establish both a wage floor and a wage ceiling. This means that businesses may only pay employees as much as the Union Contract allows. Hard-working American citizens are prohibited from receiving raises based on merit and instead Unions’ allowance of pay increases depends upon the length of membership. The RAISE Act corrects this injustice.
These seniority systems deter worker initiative and productivity since there are no incentives. Businesses with Union labor contracts have to bargain for an impasse in order to give individuals increase in wage, making raises based on merit obsolete. The RAISE Act eliminates the Union’s wage ceilings, giving the typical Union workers the chance to earn between $2,600 and $4,300 more annually, based on their own efforts. Ultimately these salary increases would generate billions of dollars of new value that would circulate back into the nation’s economy.
American workers are facing hard times and the RAISE Act will provide positive labor reform while stimulating the level of productivity. We thank you for your leadership on this issue and look forward to your continued efforts. To co-sponsor, please contact Levert, Andrew Levert in Sen. Vitter’s office at [email protected], and Kristen Glenn in Rep. McClintock’s office at [email protected].
American Shareholders Association
Americans for Tax Reform
Alliance for Worker Freedom
Center for Individual Freedom
Charles W. Baird Ph. D., Professor of Economics, Emeritus CSU East Bay
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Hispanic Leadership Fund
National Taxpayers Union
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs
Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Yessin & Associates