Rick Berman

The RAISE Act similarly aims to bring more American principles into the workplace. Currently, 80 percent of union contracts prohibit merit-based pay raises for individual employees. Instead, raises must be approved by the union, which often places ceilings on how high a worker’s pay may advance. If the RAISE Act were passed, employers would be allowed to provide merit-based pay raises and bonuses to employees. Union workers could finally be compensated for their individual hard work, and not be held back by their fellow workers’ performance.

Though these two bills are dedicated to making the workplace fairer to the American worker, union-backed Democrats in the Senate recently voted against the RAISE Act. While union-households overwhelmingly support the legislation, labor leaders would rather ignore their interests and continue filling Democratic campaign war chests.

Generations have come and gone since our country last revised its labor laws. This Labor Day, shouldn’t our country stand up for the American worker? In a society based on giving every citizen the right to vote, shouldn’t we extend that right into the workplace, too? It’s time for a new Labor Day.

Rick Berman

Rick Berman is the President of Berman and Company, a Washington, D.C.–based public affairs firm specializing in research, communications, and creative advertising.