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.
Organizers Say Quaint Baltimore Seafood Business Masks Shocking Labor Abuses
Phillips Seafood is a Baltimore-based company that trades on its historic connections to the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery. The signature dish at its restaurants is the famed Maryland-style crab cake, and its... MORE
Working · August 2, 2017
Jimmy John’s Fired Workers for Making a ‘Disloyal’ Meme. A Court Just Ruled That’s Okay.
In a decision emblematic of the new climate of Trumpian governance, a federal appeals court in St. Louis ruled on July 3 that it is acceptable for the boss of a fast-food chain to... MORE
Working · July 13, 2017
GM To Colombian Workers Injured On the Job: You’re On Your Own
A long-term protest by workers charging mistreatment by General Motors in Colombia received a slap in the face from the administration of President Donald Trump this month when one of the protest leaders... MORE
Working · June 28, 2017
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