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.
Booming Business at Alabama Shipyard Fuels New Union Campaign
Rapid business growth may be the key to finally unionizing shipbuilding workers in Mobile, Ala., where an Australia-based defense contractor has successfully fought union organizing for more than a decade. ... MORE
Working · March 3, 2014
Does Steve Early’s ‘Save Our Unions’ Have a Message for Chattanooga?
The defeat of a union organizing election at the Volkswagen auto plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. this month has stimulated intense national scrutiny of the United Auto Workers (UAW). As labor’s friends... MORE
Working · February 24, 2014
Anti-Fracking Fight Heats Up in Maryland
Baltimore's march against the proposed Cove Point project was the largest environmental protest in the city's history. MORE
Features · February 21, 2014
It’s Official: Obama Signs Minimum Wage Hike for Some Federal Contract Workers
Today, President Barack Obama honored his promise from last month’s State of the Union address to raise the minimum wage for some workers indirectly employed by the federal government. In a... MORE
Working · February 12, 2014
Flight Attendants Reach Truce with United Airlines Over ‘Involuntary Furloughs’
After United Airlines tried to impose “involuntary furloughs” on nearly 700 members of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) in January, aggressive pushback from the labor union forced a compromise late last... MORE
Working · February 10, 2014
United Airlines Gets Tough on Flight Attendants Union
As United Airlines moves to aggressively cut the size of its workforce, labor relations between the company and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) union are taking a turn for the worse. ... MORE
Working · February 5, 2014
Obama Promises $10.10 an Hour to Federal Contract Workers, But Details Are Fuzzy
President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he would order an increase in the minimum wage for some workers indirectly employed by the federal government, drawing praise from labor union supporters and scorn from one... MORE
Working · January 29, 2014
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Losing Its Sparkle For Workers
As workers prepare to negotiate new labor agreements at Walt Disney World, some union members are wondering whether the magic has disappeared from the “happiest place on earth.” The resort... MORE
Working · January 28, 2014
Maryland Unions Hit Jobs Jackpot with New Casinos
Labor unions in the Washington, D.C. area got an early Christmas present December 20, when Maryland state officials announced their approval of a plan to build a massive MGM Resorts International casino complex... MORE
Working · January 8, 2014
Unite Here Campaign Takes Flight at Baltimore-Washington Airport
During President Barack Obama’s December 4 speech about income inequality to the Center for American Progress, he named “airport workers” among the many Americans who struggle with low wages and... MORE
Working · December 20, 2013