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08/23/05: The news for organized labor is not getting any better. The strike by the mechanics union at Northwest Airlines has failed to ground the carrier. Furthermore, other unionized Northwest workers, including pilots and flight attendants, have crossed the picket line. Only 15 years ago anybody crossing the line would be labeled a scab and have many things hurled at them. What has changed? Frankly, the world at large has been evolving into a global economy while the old-line unions have not kept up. And it appears that they won’t. Consumers simply don’t carry the same respect for unions that they had in the past and for several reasons. Today’s workers have a higher level of education and have advanced into more white-collar jobs while so many traditional blue-collar jobs go overseas. This is not an obituary for the union system. However, if unions are to survive, they must abandon outdated tactics with diminishing impact.
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JONES LANG LASALLE (SAN FRANCISCO) The local office of Jones Lang LaSalle has promoted three executives, all based here. Bruce Kimbrew has been named managing director, project and development services. Wes Powell has been appointed managing director, leasing and management. And Michel Seifer has been tapped as managing director, capital markets.

SEDGWICK, DETERT, MORAN & ARNOLD (ORANGE COUNTY, CA) The firm has tapped locally based partner Geoffrey Willis to head its land use and natural resources practice group. Willis will lead a growing team that works with clients on litigation, negotiations and transactions related to land use.

ARAGON CONSTRUCTION (NEW YORK CITY) Todd A. Goldstein has been promoted to senior account executive. Goldstein, who joined the company in 2001, was most recently chief estimator. He will now work in a business development role.

GRUBB & ELLIS (BOSTON; SAN FRANCISCO) New to the company is Anthony Caner, who joins as vice president, industrial, in the firm’s Boston office. Caner most recently directed the national consulting and brokerage activities at Caner Associates and Corporate Properties Ltd. In the company’s San Francisco office, Bethany Teodoro has joined as vice president in the office group. Teodoro was previously in tenant representation at Ritchie Commercial Brokerage.

ALVAREZ & MARSAL (NEW YORK CITY) Expanding its national real estate advisory services group, the firm has tapped Dirk Aulabaugh as senior director in the Los Angeles office and Brian Kish and Edison Jinn as directors in Washington, DC and New York City, respectively. Aulabaugh was previously director at Huron Consulting Group; Kish was most recently director of consulting at Gensler Architecture; and Jinn comes from Rockwood Realty Associates’ investment sales group.

BEACON PARTNERS (CHARLOTTE) The firm has appointed Christopher Perri as chief operating officer. Perri comes from Trammell Crow Co., where he was vice president for project management. He will lead asset management and investment-related functions.

EQUIS CORP. (CHICAGO) Paul Katz and Lisa Takata have joined the company as senior vice president and vice president, respectively. Katz, who has held prior posts at TeleTech and Anixter International Inc., will work in the corporate services group. Takata will focus on expanding the real estate technology practice and was most recently senior manager at Deloitte Consulting.


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