Jon Zerolnick

Jon is LAANE's Research Director and is most comfortable working with facts, theory and numbers -- which is why he is a researcher. His focus at LAANE has been on the environmental and economic impacts of port trucking, and in the course of this work he has authored reports including The Road to Shared Prosperity and Foreclosure on Wheels. Prior to joining LAANE, Jon salted, organized and researched in the labor movement for a decade, with the bulk of that time spent researching industries including hotel/casinos, agriculture and airport services. For pay, Jon has also waited tables, washed dishes, built minivans, worked retail, taught undergraduates, cleaned floors, tested drugs, sold knives and dealt poker. He has been a member, variously, of the unions HERE, UAW, CWA and IWW. A case study in the failure of U.S. labor law, Jon was illegally fired for union activity in 1997 (the case was not settled until 2005).

Port truck driver strike photo by Slobodan Dimitrov

Recent Court Rulings Aid Port Truck Drivers

Truck drivers in California’s ports have been fighting for decades for rights most workers take for granted: The right to a minimum wage, the right to proper employee classification, and ...

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The Enemy of My Enemy Is Still a Jackass

Pity the poor, beleaguered Malibu homeowner.  Median income over $135,000 is about two-and-a-half times the County average, and the average home’s value is so far past the County average that ...

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Study: Wall Street Banks Overcharge L.A.

You know the old joke. It gets tailored for whatever the despised group of the moment is: Q: What do you call 10,000 [lawyers/politicians/whatever] at the bottom of the ocean? ...

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