As we anticipated – and reported to you last week – the US House of Representatives last night approved the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) on a vote of 224-194 and sent it to the Senate. The PRO Act (H.R. 2474) would strengthen collective bargaining rights for workers in private companies, and reinstating the Obama-era union election “card check” process whereby workers could form a union by merely checking a box on a union representation card. In addition, it would increase penalties on employers across the board and permit the NLRB to level monetary fines on an employer who wrongfully terminates a worker or “causes a worker to suffer economic harm.” now be sent to the US Senate, where passed on a straight party-line vote by the House Education and Labor Committee in September. The bill is unlikely to make it to the Senate floor, let alone pass muster and win approval in the upper chamber.