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The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike

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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2010, 12:16
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 11 Nov 2010, 13:19
C vs E ??

Please clarfiy why not E ? and why C?
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2010, 05:22
I got a straight C and was surprised to see a long trial of different answers
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2010, 09:55
+1 C 8-)
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2010, 11:41
Hey All,

I know some people have been arguing this one back and forth still, so I'll weigh in one last time.

18. The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

Conclusion: Bell will sell subsidiaries
Premise: Workers going on strike unless management ups wages, but subsidiaries need to be sold to up wages
Assumption: Bell cares is workers go on strike

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
PROBLEM: We don't need this to make the argument work, because this is theoretical about the strike, not necessarily implying that the strike will happen. If it doesn't, there needn't be any losses.

(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
PROBLEM: This is the opposite of what we want. If they don't increase wages, they won't need to sell subsidiaries.

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
ANSWER: Try "least extreme negation" (this is the method whereby you can take the opposite of every answer choice, and whichever one DESTROYS the argument is the correct assumption). "The workers WILL be going on strike." If they go on strike, then that means their wages weren't increased, and thus that the company didn't sell its subsidiaries. That would destroy the conclusion.

(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: We don't need the president to have the authority. The board could do it, or anybody.

(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: Totally irrelevant, as the argument is ABOUT the wage increase.

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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 22:51
Using the assumption negation technique, I chose C.
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 12:15
The argument says:
No strike-->increase wages--> sell subs.

No strike makes the whole flow happen, so C.

Tommy, you say: If they go on strike, then that means their wages weren't increased, and thus that the company didn't sell its subsidiaries.

I cannot agree with that.- If they go on strike, that could be for any other reason. The condition is No increase wages--> Go on strike, but not Viceversa. Am I misunderstanding something?
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 12:47
It should be "C'

A, B and E are out of scope.

C is the conclusion

D is the inference
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 19:08
It a toughie - C.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

No wage increase ---- Means Strike
C -->E
Cause Doesnt Exist ---->Effect Doesnt exist
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries(No Strike)

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike. Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike - L.O will weaken the argument (conclusion) that subsidiaries will be sold. Correct Answer.
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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2010, 00:34
Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike.
The subsidiaries could still be sold, since as you have pointed out, the relationships are:
No wage increase ---- Means Strike
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries

Which is:

No strike--Wage increase--sell subsidiaries.

For me the answer is C because No strike-->wage increase-->sell subsidiaries! Voilá!

However, I dont catch how the negation technique works in this example. Please clarify.
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It a toughie - C.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

No wage increase ---- Means Strike
C -->E
Cause Doesnt Exist ---->Effect Doesnt exist
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries(No Strike)

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike. Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike - L.O will weaken the argument (conclusion) that subsidiaries will be sold. Correct Answer.

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Re: workers at bell manufacturing [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2011, 03:01
Yeah why is E wrong? I picked E.
Conclusion is 'some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold'.
Premise is 'The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries'
Shouldn't one of the assumption be 'there is no other way to pacify the worker other than increasing the wages. This increase will cause the company to sell some of its subsidiaries.?'
Isn't this also a valid assumption?
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Re: The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2012, 12:08
I initially chose A. However, after explanation from "cano", the answer C is clear.
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