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.
Fight for $15 Just Scored a Big Win in Maryland. We Have Unions to Thank.
A law establishing a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Maryland’s Montgomery County was signed into law Monday, representing a comeback win after a similar measure was defeated by pro-business Democrats just ten... MORE
Working · November 15, 2017
How Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Hate Is Galvanizing Hotel Workers to Fight Back
No friend of labor or working-class immigrants, President Donald Trump is nevertheless providing a back-handed boost to the hotel workers’ union UNITE HERE by helping it sign up new members at its... MORE
Working · November 1, 2017
In D.C.’s Wealthiest Suburbs, It’s Round 2 in the Fight for $15
Undeterred by a stinging defeat earlier this year, a union-backed push for a $15-an-hour wage is back on in the Washington, D.C. suburbs—home to many of the senior civil servants,... MORE
Working · September 14, 2017
Target Workers in Rural Virginia Just Launched a Wildcat Strike
A Target store in rural Virginia was hit with a wildcat strike last week, and the non-union workers may have already won their key demand—the removal of a manager charged with... MORE
Working · September 1, 2017
Baltimore Politicians Are Letting Union Jobs Die While Making Way for Luxury Real Estate
BALTIMORE – Elected officials are still taking heat for their recent decision to award nearly $1 billion in public benefits for a luxury real estate project on the old industrial waterfront. Lawmakers were further... MORE
Working · August 24, 2017
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