A bill easing the process for workers to unionize has been filed in both the US House and Senate by Congressman Bobby Scott (D – VA 3) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) respectively.  Among its many provisions, the so-called Wage Act (Workplace Action for a Growing Economy) would strengthen existing worker protections, triple backpay penalties on employers for violating worker rights, provide workers with a private right of action and provide federal court injunctions to return fired workers to their jobs.  In addition, the bill establishes civil penalties of up to $50,000 for certain violations, allow the NLRB to mandate bargaining orders in certain instances and set a 30-day time limit for employers to challenge an NLRB decision.  An almost giddy AFL-CIO immediately signed on to the legislation.