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S. 1542 (113th): RAISE Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 24, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 1542


September 24, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Coburn, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Graham, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Moran, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Risch, Mr. Flake, Mr. Thune, Mr. Johnson of Wisconsin, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Scott, Mr. Blunt, Mr. Isakson, Mr. Roberts, and Mr. Hatch) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


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


Short title

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


Payment of higher wages

Section 9(a) of the National Labor Relations Act ( 29 U.S.C. 159(a) ) is amended—


by inserting (1) after (a); and


by adding at the end the following:


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—


section 8(a)(1) or 8(a)(5), or


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.