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.
Did a Virginia School for Saudi Arabia Diplomatic Staff’s Children Fire Teachers for Organizing?
A long-dormant union rights case at the National Labor Relations Board is being revived, with the potential to pit the not-so-powerful federal labor agency against the very powerful King Salman bin Abdulaziz al... MORE
Working · January 26, 2016
Los Angeles Charter Teachers Say Their Administration Is Aggressively Trying To Bust Their Union
A formerly low-profile union organizing campaign by teachers at the largest charter school operation in Los Angeles is emerging into the public spotlight as the charter operator is ramping up its... MORE
Working · January 13, 2016
“I often had to skip meals”: Senate Dining Room Workers Want a Union, Say They’re Living in Poverty
Elected members of the U.S. Senate don’t have to look very far to see fresh signs of the national Fight For $15 movement: It’s made its way from the... MORE
Working · November 24, 2015
Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley Back New IKEA Union Organizing Drive
UPDATE: IKEA managers officially refused a request from warehouse workers to extend voluntary recognition to the UFCW as the union to represent workers at the Stoughton, Massachusetts site. Many of the affected... MORE
Working · November 13, 2015
Oxfam Calls Out ‘Big Chicken’ for Rampant Labor Abuses
One of the world’s most prominent hunger-fighting organizations has launched a publicity campaign aimed at improving wages and workplace safety in U.S. chicken processing plants. Oxfam kicked off the campaign... MORE
Working · November 4, 2015
Teamsters Say Union Buster C&S Wholesale Grocers Aims To Kill Jobs at Safeway
Teamster members and their supporters are mobilizing to block a union busting effort at two huge warehouses controlled by the Safeway supermarket chain, one of several food retailers recently combined into national grocery... MORE
Working · October 16, 2015
33 Workers Dead After U.S. Cargo Ship Lost at Sea. Could It Have Been Prevented?
Search and rescue teams officially gave up hope yesterday after a failed five-day effort to locate 33 cargo ship workers lost at sea in the waters near the Bahamas. The sailors and other shipboard... MORE
Working · October 8, 2015
Adjuncts Win Union Contract at Maryland Institute College of Art
The national movement to unionize part-time faculty at U.S. colleges and universities has secured an initial beachhead in the Baltimore area with ratification of a first contract between Service Employees International Union... MORE
Working · October 5, 2015
Even the Wall Street Journal Smells a Rat in A&P Supermarkets Bankruptcy
Workers at the bankrupt A&P grocery chain have been complaining for weeks that corporate executives have been looting the failing company, but nobody seemed to be paying much attention until Wall... MORE
Working · September 25, 2015
Teamsters Protest as Treasury Debates Allowing Pension Cuts for 1.5 Million Retirees
About 300 angry Teamsters descended on Washington, D.C., September 10, demanding federal action to protect the pensions of union members threatened with benefit cuts. The retired Teamsters are among a group of as many... MORE
Working · September 17, 2015