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.
Jewish and Labor Leaders Flock To Defend Teachers at Perelman Jewish Day School
On the eve of the Jewish high holy days of Passover, union leaders and Jewish labor activists in Philadelphia and beyond are ramping up efforts to defeat a plan by one of the... MORE
Working · April 14, 2014
Striking Workers Shame Prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital Over Low Pay
Some 2,000 union workers went out on strike Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in a protest aimed primarily at exposing low wages at Baltimore’s second biggest employer and one of the nation... MORE
Working · April 10, 2014
Maryland To Raise Minimum Wage to $10.10 an Hour—But Only After Foot-Dragging From Some Dems
Maryland is on the verge of becoming the second state, after Connecticut, to heed President Barack Obama’s call for a new national minimum wage of $10.10 an hour. Lawmakers moved in... MORE
Working · April 7, 2014
Is Perelman Jewish Day School the Hobby Lobby of Union-Busting?
A small group of teachers in Philadelphia are finding their union rights under attack on questionable religious grounds, much the same way that women across America found their right to healthcare assaulted this... MORE
Working · March 28, 2014
Rejecting TPP, AFL-CIO’s Trumka Calls for ‘Global New Deal’
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today called for a “Global New Deal” to fundamentally rethink U.S. foreign trade policies, especially so-called “free trade agreements” such as the pending Trans-Pacific... MORE
Working · March 25, 2014
Academic Labor Unrest Spreads to Maryland Colleges (UPDATED)
BALTIMORE – Part-time professors at the historic Maryland Institute College of Art are joining a growing movement of academic workers around the country who want a union to help them with... MORE
Working · March 20, 2014
Unite Here Chief Blasts Obama Over ACA
Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law in 2010, unions say they have pleaded with the White House dozens of times to make labor-friendly changes to the law. With the... MORE
Working · March 17, 2014
Amazon Warehouse Workers to Take Wage Suit to Supreme Court
The Supreme Court agreed has agreed to hear a case over whether the retail giant Amazon stole wages from warehouse workers at its U.S. distribution facilities by forcing them to wait in... MORE
Working · March 11, 2014
Teamsters Back School Bus Drivers in Fight Against ‘Rampant’ Wage Theft
ROSEDALE, MD.—More than 350 Baltimore-area bus drivers are preparing to celebrate victory in a $1.25 million wage theft case against Durham School Services, an Illinois-based bus-contracting company with operations across much of the... MORE
Working · March 10, 2014
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