Bruce Vail is a Baltimore-based freelance writer with decades of experience covering labor and business stories for newspapers, magazines and new media. He was a reporter for Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Labor Report, covering collective bargaining issues in a wide range of industries, and a maritime industry reporter and editor for the Journal of Commerce, serving both in the newspaper’s New York City headquarters and in the Washington, D.C. bureau.
Vail has also worked inside the labor movement as a staff writer, researcher and editor for the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (AFL-CIO). Based in the Washington, D.C. office, Bruce helped produce the union’s various publications and also worked on organizing and legislative projects between 1996 and 2005.
Currently living in Baltimore, Md., Bruce has been a member of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, and the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
Teamster Retirees’ Campaign Against Pension Cuts Draws Support from Bernie Sanders
Less than six months after getting started, a grassroots campaign among Teamsters union retirees to protect their pensions appears to be picking up steam, attracting the support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and... MORE
Working · July 6, 2015
In China, Walmart Is Unionized, But Workers Have No Power on the Job
Almost 10 years after Walmart was forced to accept unionization of its stores in China, the U.S.-based merchandising giant continues to deny basic collective bargaining rights to its Chinese retail workers, according... MORE
Working · June 25, 2015
Applebee’s Is Trying To Limit Workers’ Ability to Sue the Company When Their Wages Are Stolen
Workers in the restaurant industry are routinely the victims of wage theft. For workers without a union, suing the company is one of the few ways to recover those wages. But a legal... MORE
Working · June 9, 2015
Daniel Tobin and the Rise of the Teamsters Union
When Daniel J. Tobin was inducted in the Labor Hall of Fame last week, few modern Americans had any idea who he was. This is understandable, as Tobin, who died in 1955, retired uneventfully... MORE
Working · May 27, 2015
After Freddie Gray Protests, Baltimore Unions Demand End to “Trickle-down” Neighborhood Development
With the city's nightly curfew cancelled and some 4,000 National Guard troops and extra police beginning to withdraw in the wake of the protests and riots that marked the the death of Freddie... MORE
Working · May 5, 2015
Does General Motors Matter Anymore?
“What’s good for General Motors is good for America,” GM President Charles Wilson once reportedly said offhand in 1953, when the giant automaker was near the height of its corporate... MORE
Working · May 4, 2015
Some Union Pension Cuts Likely As New Federal Rules Take Shape
The likelihood that hundreds of thousands of union members nationwide won’t be receiving the full pension benefits promised to them is becoming clearer as federal regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C.,... MORE
Working · April 23, 2015
Obama Promises Rare Veto As House Votes to Slow Down Union Elections, Curb NLRB
In a show of electoral strength by anti-union Republicans in Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives easily passed legislation Thursday to curb an effort by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to... MORE
Working · March 20, 2015
Acknowledging “Ugly History of Racism” in Labor Movement, AFL-CIO Creates New Commission on Race
Citing “an ugly history of racism in our own movement,” the leaders of the AFL-CIO voted in late February to create a new Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice to... MORE
Working · March 10, 2015
Did Jimmy John’s Fire Yet Another Worker for Supporting a Union?
Franchise operators at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches in Baltimore are proving true to the national chain’s anti-union reputation with an aggressive counter-attack against local labor organizing, including a decision... MORE
Working · February 11, 2015