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.
IKEA Says It’s “Socially Responsible.” So Why Are Workers Accusing It of Union-Busting?
With a potential strike deadline looming at one of its largest U.S. warehouses, Sweden-based home furnishings retailer IKEA is facing renewed skepticism over its self-proclaimed commitment to fair labor policies, both in... MORE
Working · August 27, 2015
UE Organizing Director Bob Kingsley Prepares To Step Down, But Lefty Union Shows No Signs of Slowing
In an emotional moment last week, Bob Kingsley received a long, loud and sometimes raucous standing ovation from about 250 hardcore union men and women meeting in a Baltimore hotel. The ovation was less... MORE
Working · August 26, 2015
Union President: Supermarket Chain A&P Will Fire 25,000 Grocery Workers
UPDATE: Since the publication of this story, the UFCW issued the following statement to In These Times: “The UFCW today filed a strong objection to the A&P&lsquo... MORE
Working · August 14, 2015
You Can Bet on These Racetrack Workers To Fight for a Raise From Their Billionaire Boss
BALTIMORE—Boosters of the Maryland horse racing industry cheered earlier this year when Baltimore’s annual Preakness Stakes attracted a record-breaking crowd of more than 130,000. The huge crowd thrilled to the... MORE
Working · August 7, 2015
Bankruptcy Judge Gives Go-Ahead for Mass Firings of Unionized A&P Grocery Workers
The mass firings of workers at the A&P supermarket chain is set to begin in mid-September, following action this week by a federal bankruptcy court approving a plan to quickly shed... MORE
Working · July 31, 2015
Grocery Chain A&P’s Financial Meltdown Could Leave Thousands of Union Workers Jobless
Plans to dismember the A&P supermarket chain were revealed in a federal bankruptcy court in New York this week, with dire results predicted for more than 15,000 members of the United Food... MORE
Working · July 22, 2015
Teamster Retirees’ Campaign Against Pension Cuts Draws Support from Bernie Sanders
Less than six months after getting started, a grassroots campaign among Teamsters union retirees to protect their pensions appears to be picking up steam, attracting the support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and... MORE
Working · July 6, 2015
In China, Walmart Is Unionized, But Workers Have No Power on the Job
Almost 10 years after Walmart was forced to accept unionization of its stores in China, the U.S.-based merchandising giant continues to deny basic collective bargaining rights to its Chinese retail workers, according... MORE
Working · June 25, 2015
Applebee’s Is Trying To Limit Workers’ Ability to Sue the Company When Their Wages Are Stolen
Workers in the restaurant industry are routinely the victims of wage theft. For workers without a union, suing the company is one of the few ways to recover those wages. But a legal... MORE
Working · June 9, 2015
Daniel Tobin and the Rise of the Teamsters Union
When Daniel J. Tobin was inducted in the Labor Hall of Fame last week, few modern Americans had any idea who he was. This is understandable, as Tobin, who died in 1955, retired uneventfully... MORE
Working · May 27, 2015