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.
Maryland Governor Vetoes Sick Leave. Progressives Declare War.
BALTIMORE—Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ignited the anger of labor unions, workers’ rights advocates and religious groups when he vetoed high-profile legislation last month that was meant to guarantee the right... MORE
Working · June 13, 2017
Behind the Big AT&T Strike: Years of Shipping Jobs Overseas
A recent three-day strike against telecommunications operator AT&T attracted nationwide attention, even though the modern incarnation of the company is a far cry from the gigantic “Ma Bell” monopoly... MORE
Working · June 9, 2017
Food Workers Take On Fowl Play at Tyson—And Win Better Conditions
A consumer pressure campaign against labor abuses in the chicken-processing industry has produced some initial results, with a detailed pledge this week from Tyson Foods to build a better workplace for its 95,000 employees. ... MORE
Working · April 28, 2017
Union Actors and Musicians Fight Trump’s Attacks on the Arts
If President Donald Trump is serious about creating jobs in the nation’s heartland then he needs to rethink his own proposal to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the... MORE
Working · April 13, 2017
Nestlé’s Makes the Very Best? Georgia Workers Vote To Unionize
Your Nesquik may now be shipped by union workers, thanks to a powder-thin union election at a distribution center just south of Atlanta. Workers at Nestlé’s facility in McDonough, Georgia,... MORE
Working · April 7, 2017
Baltimore’s Democratic Mayor Breaks Promise, Vetoes $15 Minimum Wage Bill
BALTIMORE – Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh dealt a shattering blow to the Fight for $15 campaign, vetoing a new minimum wage law passed overwhelmingly by the City Council just last week. The effect was... MORE
Working · March 28, 2017
Paid Sick Leave Bill Provokes Showdown in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS – A showdown is looming between Democratic Party lawmakers and the state’s Republican governor over legislation designed to guarantee most Maryland workers the right to paid sick days. The new... MORE
Working · March 22, 2017
Despite Some Union Support, Trump’s New Labor Pick Would Be Terrible for Workers
President Donald Trump’s new pick to head the Labor Department is getting an early boost from a “divide-and-conquer” strategy against labor unions and their allies, even before his qualifications... MORE
Working · March 13, 2017
Union Moves Ahead at American University: “Time To Bring Academia into the 21st Century”
Graduate students who work as faculty assistants at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C., are forging ahead in their efforts to form a union, despite the uncertainty caused by President Donald Trump... MORE
Working · March 10, 2017
BREAKING—Andrew Puzder, Trump’s Pick for Labor Secretary, Is Out
With a key Senate hearing looming, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary withdrew his name from consideration Wednesday, backing down just as Democratic Party leaders and labor activists were unleashing... MORE
Working · February 15, 2017