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.
Kentucky Right-to-Work Law Now a Question of When, Not If
Elections have consequences. This is no more clear than in Kentucky, where emboldened Republicans are moving fast in the wake of their election victory to make the state a right-to-work state. If such... MORE
Working · January 5, 2017
Delivery Drivers Sue Amazon Over Misclassification, Failure to Pay Overtime and the Minimum Wage
With wage and hour lawsuits becoming increasingly common across the country, there was little reason for the lawyers at Amazon.com’s Seattle headquarters to be surprised when one landed on their... MORE
Working · December 12, 2016
Zuckerman Gives Hoffa a Run for His Money in Squeaker of a Teamsters Vote
Teamsters President James P. Hoffa appears to be headed for a narrow victory in his bid for election to a fifth term as head of the 1.3 million-member union. Unofficial vote totals show... MORE
Working · November 18, 2016
Labor Board Says Trump Broke the Law, Orders Him to Negotiate with Las Vegas Union
Whatever happens in the presidential election this week, the Las Vegas-based Culinary Union won’t let up in its campaign against Donald Trump. The union’s argument against Trump goes deeper... MORE
Working · November 7, 2016
Zuckerman Thinks He Can Beat Hoffa and Win the Teamsters Election
The struggle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the White House is crowding out much of the other news of the day, including the battle for the presidency of the 1.3 million-member International... MORE
Working · November 2, 2016
IATSE Hopes Atlanta Win Will Help Spur Organizing in the South
Perseverance paid off for a hardy band of stagehands trying to organize a labor union for concert workers and other temps in the Atlanta area. After three years of determined effort, including a... MORE
Working · October 6, 2016
Meet the Baltimore Activists Trying to Stop the Next Oil Train Explosion
Baltimore residents campaign against the rail transport of highly flammable crude oil through residential neighborhoods. MORE
Act Locally · September 22, 2016
Part-Time Faculty Union On a Roll in Washington-Baltimore Area
BALTIMORE—Enduring more than 18 months of delays, part-time faculty members at Goucher College officially won their right to a union this month when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) finally counted disputed... MORE
Working · August 30, 2016
Baltimore’s Democratic City Council Kills $15 Minimum Wage Bill, For Now
The Baltimore City Council derailed a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour Monday, highlighting the ambivalence among many Democratic Party leaders over whether to support the national Fight for $15 movement. ... MORE
Working · August 17, 2016
National Democrats Back $15 Minimum Wage. Baltimore Dems, Not So Much.
Just two weeks after the national Democratic Party endorsed a $15 minimum wage as part of its presidential campaign platform, local Democrats in Baltimore are fighting to save a citywide $15 wage proposal from a... MORE
Working · August 10, 2016