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Contrary to the statements of labor leaders, the central economic problem facing America today is not the distribution of wealth. It is productivity. With the productivity of U.S. industry stagnant, or even declining slightly, the economic pie is no longer growing. Labor leaders, of course, point to what they consider an unfair distribution of the slices of pie to justify their demands for further increases in wages and benefits. And in the past, when the pie was still growing, management could afford to acquiesce. No longer. Until productivity resumes its growth, there can be no justification for further increases in the compensation of workers.
Which of the following statements by a labor leader focuses on the logical weakness in the argument above?

A. Although the economic pie is no longer growing, the portion of the pie allocated to American workers remains unjustly small.

B. If management fails to accommodate the demands of workers, labor leaders will be forced to call strikes that will cripple the operation of industry.

C. Although productivity is stagnant, the U.S. population is growing, so that the absolute size of the economic pie continues to grow as well.

D. As a labor leader, I can be concerned only with the needs of working people, not with the problems faced by management.

E. The stagnation of U.S. industry has been caused largely by factorssuch as foreign competitionbeyond the control of American workers.

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07 Sep 2008, 17:07
IMO C.

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07 Sep 2008, 17:21
rao_1857 wrote:
Contrary to the statements of labor leaders, the central economic problem facing America today is not the distribution of wealth. It is productivity. With the productivity of U.S. industry stagnant, or even declining slightly, the economic pie is no longer growing. Labor leaders, of course, point to what they consider an unfair distribution of the slices of pie to justify their demands for further increases in wages and benefits. And in the past, when the pie was still growing, management could afford to acquiesce. No longer. Until productivity resumes its growth, there can be no justification for further increases in the compensation of workers.
Which of the following statements by a labor leader focuses on the logical weakness in the argument above?

A. Although the economic pie is no longer growing, the portion of the pie allocated to American workers remains unjustly small.

B. If management fails to accommodate the demands of workers, labor leaders will be forced to call strikes that will cripple the operation of industry.

C. Although productivity is stagnant, the U.S. population is growing, so that the absolute size of the economic pie continues to grow as well.

D. As a labor leader, I can be concerned only with the needs of working people, not with the problems faced by management.

E. The stagnation of U.S. industry has been caused largely by factorssuch as foreign competitionbeyond the control of American workers.

From A and C...final winner is A. Labor leaders claim is on the fair distribution.

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08 Sep 2008, 22:01
IMO C.

Its between A and C , but C clearly targets the logical weakness in the argument . The argument also says 'Labor leaders point to what they consider an unfair distribution of the slices of pie to justify their demands for further increases in wages and benefits' .. so the point raised by A has been addresses by the argument.

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26 Feb 2012, 17:04
IMO C.
As per C, if the economic pie continues to grow, the conclusion - "there can be no justification for further increases in the compensation of workers" is flawed.

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28 Feb 2012, 20:51
The key here is to focus on pointing out a weakness in the logic used.

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A. Although the economic pie is no longer growing, the portion of the pie allocated to American workers remains unjustly small.

This comment has no bearing on the statement's logical sequence.

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B. If management fails to accommodate the demands of workers, labor leaders will be forced to call strikes that will cripple the operation of industry.

It seems to me the GMAT tries to appeal to test-takers' emotions in the verbal section - perhaps a trick?

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C. Although productivity is stagnant, the U.S. population is growing, so that the absolute size of the economic pie continues to grow as well.

This is the only option that focuses on a weakness in the statement's logic.

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D. As a labor leader, I can be concerned only with the needs of working people, not with the problems faced by management.

"It's not my problem" does not weaken the statement's logic.

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E. The stagnation of U.S. industry has been caused largely by factorssuch as foreign competitionbeyond the control of American workers.

"It's not our fault" does not weaken the statement's logic.

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04 Apr 2012, 14:18
rao wrote:
Contrary to the statements of labor leaders, the central economic problem facing America today is not the distribution of wealth. It is productivity. With the productivity of U.S. industry stagnant, or even declining slightly, the economic pie is no longer growing. Labor leaders, of course, point to what they consider an unfair distribution of the slices of pie to justify their demands for further increases in wages and benefits. And in the past, when the pie was still growing, management could afford to acquiesce. No longer. Until productivity resumes its growth, there can be no justification for further increases in the compensation of workers.
Which of the following statements by a labor leader focuses on the logical weakness in the argument above?

A. Although the economic pie is no longer growing, the portion of the pie allocated to American workers remains unjustly small.

B. If management fails to accommodate the demands of workers, labor leaders will be forced to call strikes that will cripple the operation of industry.

C. Although productivity is stagnant, the U.S. population is growing, so that the absolute size of the economic pie continues to grow as well.

D. As a labor leader, I can be concerned only with the needs of working people, not with the problems faced by management.

E. The stagnation of U.S. industry has been caused largely by factorssuch as foreign competitionbeyond the control of American workers.

Approach :
1) To identify the conclusion i.e. Until productivity resumes its growth,....
2) Which option weekends this??
3) Option C clearly states and factor keeping the productivity stagnant because of growing US population the pie is growing

IMO:C

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27 Apr 2012, 12:05
c was nmy choice but the OA is A since C is a bit out of scope

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