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# Leaders of a miners’ union on strike against Coalco are cont

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26 Jan 2011, 15:27
E has no effect on the plan
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04 Feb 2011, 02:03
The leaders of the Miners' union have decided to call for a consumer boycott against gasco.
What is meant by the term "consumer boycott"
Does it mean that the leaders of the union have decided not to consume gas at the gasco gas stations?
or does it mean that they have decioded not to attend to the consumers who come to fill gas at the gasco gas stations ?
Also Can someone elaborate on what influence does C Have on the Plan .
Is it relevant because the chances of having your proposal accepted increase if the other unions have met with some success.What if the other unions have had no success
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23 Mar 2012, 11:44
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I have chosen the answer E for this question:

A. Revenue losses would be extremely important to know. The reason is because if this boycott affects Gasco's revenue, they would probably be more inclined to deal with the situation and possibly submit to the conditions of the union's proposal. If it doesn't affect the revenue, then the union would have to find some other approach to put pressure on the company. Therefore, this answer choice is relevant.

B. If gas can easily be obtained elsewhere, this would likely make the boycott fail because consumers could go somewhere else very easily. If gas cannot be easily obtained, then this approach would definitely affect the company.

C. There seems to be a lot of questions concerning this answer choice. The way I interpreted it was that if other miners' unions won contracts, then their proposal is fair and Coalco would be see that their conditions aren't outrageous. Also, if the contracts are similar, it means that other companies have caved to these same conditions and Coalco is probably willing to do the same in order to avoid additional pressure.

D. This is obviously important because if previous tactics have worked, then there is no reason that they should not again. This knowledge tells us the likelihood of these tactics succeeding.

E. This answer choice is least relevant because we are not concerned whether coal companies also own gas companies. For example, say we choose the answer "yes" to this question. Would this tell us any additional information? How about if we chose the answer "no?" Answers to either of these questions would not be beneficial to the leaders of the miners' union.
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24 Dec 2012, 22:16
how do you classify this Question?
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27 Dec 2012, 00:03
The reason why C is relevant is not simply that it is a "precedent" for the contract. It has to be relevant to the question of whether attempting to organize a consumer boycott would work or not. C is relevant to this question because it will be easier to convince consumers to support a boycott if other, similar unions have similar contracts. If this contract is very different from other contracts for similar unions, it will be harder to persuade consumers to go along with it. B is relevant for basically the same reason: It affects whether consumers are likely to (in the case of B, whether they are even ABLE to!) support it.
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27 Dec 2012, 01:01
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garimavyas wrote:
yes, has to be E , as the answer to whether other corporations that own coal companies also own gas stations is irrelevant . C offers a precedent , which is obviously relevant .

In case there is still some ambiguity on why E is correct and not C, here is my take on it:

(C) Have other miners’unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union?
Since the question asks for the LEAST relevant to the Union's consideration, any information that is even remotely influential in going ahead
with the boycott can be considered as a wrong answer choice.
If we assume that other miners' unions have won contracts similar to the one proposed by the union, then it clearly indicates that their demands are not completely outrageous. Even if the answer to that question is NO, that would still influence the decision whether to go ahead with the boycott or not.
As rightly mentioned above, it will help determine whether a precedent has already been set or not. Since we are only looking for the LEAST relevant option, it makes answer choice C more relevant than E.

(E) Do other corporations that own coal companies also own gas stations?
To know whether other corporations that own coal companies also own gas stations is completely irrelevant. Had E stated "Does any other CORPORATION have gas stations in the locality/country/world (though farfetched)" would have made E more relevant than C. Because in that case, knowing that boycotting Gasco would have a significant impact since there would/wouldn't be other gas stations that consumers could go to. But in its current form, E is focusing only on corporations that own coal companies and whether they also own gas stations.

This makes E an obvious choice for me.

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03 Jan 2013, 03:09
i am trying to understand what type of CR this is
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03 Jan 2013, 18:26
is strenghten question but here you have the word LEAST so you have to choice an answer that weaken the argument or is neutral
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03 Jan 2013, 20:57
carcass wrote:
is strenghten question but here you have the word LEAST so you have to choice an answer that weaken the argument or is neutral

I don't think that this is a strengthen question..

It , in my opinion, is a reverse/negative evaluate question.. very rare are these type of questions
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c is relevent because if other unions have won a similar contract before then it proves that the contract itself is reasonable enough to be considered by the company, increasing the chances of the contract getting accepted.
e is irrelevent since it talks about other corporations and whether they own both gas and coal companies. This is in no way relevent since these other comapnies can be anywhere and its not realistic to think that energy incorporated customers will go to these companies after boycotting energy incorporated.
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27 Jan 2013, 02:22
boycot causes accepting
do x then y happen.

prethink:
assumption is there is no bad agent
strengthener is: there is no bad agent

go to answer choices, eliminate the choice which can show the strenghthener.

E is left.

because the prethink dose not need to be exactly, I make simple prethinking. This is also helpful.

pls comment of my above process.
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15 Oct 2016, 12:21
The importance of reading the question stem carefully is best highlighted by this question. If we are able to read carefully and understand the question stem, this is an easy one to see that choice E is the least directly relevant to the Union Leaders' issue.
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