By a straight party-line vote of 26-21, the US House Education and Labor Committee advanced the “Protecting the Right to Organize Act” (H.R.2474) out of committee and sent it to the full House for further deliberation. Filed by House Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), the PRO Act would strengthen collective bargaining rights for workers in private companies. In addition, the proposed legislation would also increase penalties on employers and permit the NLRB to level monetary fines on an employer who wrongfully terminates a worker or causes a worker to ‘suffer economic harm’. And of course, it would also again allow workers to form a union through a “card check” process and override state right to work laws that prohibit unions from collecting mandatory fees from non-members. Finally, the PRO Act would incorporate California’s “ABC test” for employee classification, which the California Supreme Court established in the Dynamex decision back in 2018, into federal labor law. Republican committee members offered a total of 31 different amendments to the legislation, none of which were adopted. On the positive side of the ledger, even if passed by the full House as expected, the legislation will go nowhere in the current US Senate.