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# For a local government to outlaw all strikes by its workers

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For a local government to outlaw all strikes by its workers is a costly mistake, because all its labor disputes must then be settled by binding arbitration, without any negotiated public-sector labor settlements guiding the arbitrators. Strikes should be outlawed only for categories of public-sector workers for whose services no acceptable substitute exists.
The statements above best support which of the following conclusions?
(A) Where public-service workers are permitted to strike, contract negotiations with those workers are typically settled without a strike.
(B) Where strikes by all categories of pubic-sector workers are outlawed, no acceptable substitutes for the services provided by any of those workers are available.
(C) Binding arbitration tends to be more advantageous for public-service workers where it is the only available means of settling labor disputes with such workers.
(D) Most categories of public-sector workers have no counterparts in the private sector.
(E) A strike by workers in a local government is unlikely to be settled without help from an arbitrator.
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26 Sep 2003, 07:44
C

Author's point is if you outlaw a strike by a category of workers where there exists a substitute, local goverment may lose on settling the arbitration. Since Public sector workers can not be substituted, arbitration is only the way.
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26 Sep 2003, 10:58
A hard one...

B is temptive, but I agree with C.
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26 Sep 2003, 13:41
C is best ...First line...outlawing strikes are a "costly mistake".... This suggests that arbritration will go the workers way.

A ... goes too far..

B ... is directly mentioned in the passage..nothing to conclude

D... The argument never mentions private workers..nothing to do with private workers

E.... We cant say that , because we dont know if strikes are actually outlawed or not... Depends on what the local government decides to implement.

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26 Sep 2003, 21:31
C is correct.
nice explaination praet.
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26 Aug 2006, 06:51
Agreed, arbitration is prohibitively expensive, thus the government would incur huge deficits were it to outlaw strikes for all public workers.

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