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.
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
20,000 Delta Flight Attendants Prepare for ‘Biggest [Union] Drive In the History of the Industry’
Delta Air Lines is once again the focus of a nation-wide union organizing campaign, with a rank-and-file election by about 20,000 of the company’s flight attendants now expected to take place in... MORE
Working · February 3, 2015
Goucher College Adjuncts Expect Union Victory As Organizing Spreads in Maryland
Part-time faculty members at Maryland’s Goucher College say they are on the threshold of winning formal union representation, marking another step forward in an organizing campaign spread across multiple campuses in... MORE
Working · January 21, 2015
Atlanta Stagehands Fight ‘Labor Pimps’ Pushing Temp Work, Low Wages
When singers like Beyoncé take the stage, thousands of eyes are glued to her and her alone. But behind the singer at every concert is an army of workers handling everything from... MORE
Working · January 2, 2015
Senate Confirms Obama’s Labor Board Choice Ahead of GOP Senate Takeover
The U.S. Senate voted Monday to confirm the nomination of pro-union Democrat Lauren McFerran to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), an action that insures the panel will continue to operate normally... MORE
Working · December 9, 2014
Bankruptcy Court Ruling Helps Anti-Union Grocer Slash Benefits and Pensions for 1,100 Workers
In a new version of the old ploy of manipulating federal bankruptcy courts to bludgeon unions into economic concessions or givebacks, the nation’s largest grocery wholesaler used sped-up court procedures to... MORE
Working · December 4, 2014
Baltimore Teens Take Out the Trash
Youth battle a waste incinerator. MORE
Act Locally · November 26, 2014
Postal Workers Push Back Against Privatization and Post Office Closures
Union workers at the U.S. Postal Service staged one of their largest national demonstrations to date November 14, protesting fresh job cuts and continuing efforts to privatize some post office operations. With rallies... MORE
Working · November 18, 2014