Jon Zerolnick: The race to the bottom hurts workers throughout the film and television industry, but few groups of workers are hurting as much as the freelance musicians who record the scores to these movies and shows.
Jon Zerolnick 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).