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.
Washington, D.C., Teachers Union Wrestles with the Legacy of Michelle Rhee
It’s been five years since self-styled education reformer Michelle Rhee left her job as head of the District of Columbia Public Schools under a cloud of bitterness and controversy, but she... MORE
Working · May 25, 2016
Tuesday’s Baltimore Primary Results Mean a $15 Minimum Wage Is Likely Coming Soon
BALTIMORE—Although it was nowhere on the ballot, the Fight for 15 was a winner in the municipal elections here Tuesday. In a Democratic Party primary election that selected candidates for both... MORE
Working · April 27, 2016
Teamsters Activists Move To Prevent Slashing of Hundreds of Thousands of Retirees’ Pensions
With a key deadline looming early next month, pension activists in the Teamsters union are turning up the heat to head off government action that will slash the incomes of hundreds of thousands... MORE
Working · April 25, 2016
Demanding an End to Citizens United, 300 ‘Democracy Awakening’ Protesters Arrested at U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON, D.C.—About 300 activists in organizations devoted to progressive reforms in the federal government were arrested Monday in a civil disobedience action on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Embracing... MORE
Working · April 18, 2016
A&P Supermarket Chain Stiffs 21,000 Pensioners, Government Will Pick Up $288 Million Tab
The bankruptcy and speedy sell-off of the A&P supermarket chain last year has revealed three pension plans covering more than 21,000 former employees as a financial train wreck, forcing a U.S.... MORE
Working · March 23, 2016
Did a Virginia School for Saudi Arabia Diplomatic Staff’s Children Fire Teachers for Organizing?
A long-dormant union rights case at the National Labor Relations Board is being revived, with the potential to pit the not-so-powerful federal labor agency against the very powerful King Salman bin Abdulaziz al... MORE
Working · January 26, 2016
Los Angeles Charter Teachers Say Their Administration Is Aggressively Trying To Bust Their Union
A formerly low-profile union organizing campaign by teachers at the largest charter school operation in Los Angeles is emerging into the public spotlight as the charter operator is ramping up its... MORE
Working · January 13, 2016
“I often had to skip meals”: Senate Dining Room Workers Want a Union, Say They’re Living in Poverty
Elected members of the U.S. Senate don’t have to look very far to see fresh signs of the national Fight For $15 movement: It’s made its way from the... MORE
Working · November 24, 2015
Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley Back New IKEA Union Organizing Drive
UPDATE: IKEA managers officially refused a request from warehouse workers to extend voluntary recognition to the UFCW as the union to represent workers at the Stoughton, Massachusetts site. Many of the affected... MORE
Working · November 13, 2015
Oxfam Calls Out ‘Big Chicken’ for Rampant Labor Abuses
One of the world’s most prominent hunger-fighting organizations has launched a publicity campaign aimed at improving wages and workplace safety in U.S. chicken processing plants. Oxfam kicked off the campaign... MORE
Working · November 4, 2015