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Leaders of a miners’ union on strike against Coalco are contemplating additional measures to pressure the company to accept the union's contract proposal．The union leaders are considering as their principal new tactic a consumer boycott against Gasco gas stations，which are owned by Energy Incorporated，the same corporation that owns Coalco.

The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union leaders’ consideration of whether attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal?

(A) Would revenue losses by Gasco seriously affect Energy Incorporated?
(B) Can current Gasco customers easily obtain gasoline elsewhere?
(C) Have other miners’unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union?
(D) Have other unions that have employed a similar tactic achieved their goals with it?
(E) Do other corporations that own coal companies also own gas stations?

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Any other Option other than C and E are related in some way or the other to the leader's consideration that "attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal"

Regarding Option C:
Whether or not other minor's union have won such proposals - is not related to the fact that something will happen by boycotting the Gasco...and therefore this is the answer

Regarding Option E:
If there are other Co that own both of them, on boycotting Gasco of Energy Incorporated - consumers will go to other Gasco, who also own CoalCo. Therefore the competitors of Energy Incorporated will start performing better and therefore a cause of concern for Energy Incorporated, and likely hood that they will accept the proposal is more.

Therefore Option E is to some extent related and not the correct answer.

If so then "C" is a better anwer. But all forums show option "C" as the correct answer. With a reason that

"If other miners’ unions have won similar contracts，then the union's proposal is reasonable．This question is relevant．"

this is not all related to the union Leaders plans that "attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal". So what if the proposal is reasonable, but it will not get accepted because of boycott...am i wrong...?

Can someone help in understanding what - understanding should we carry about GMAT choice of answers.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Why E and not C ??? [#permalink]

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41．Leaders of a miners’ union on strike against Coalco are contemplating additional measures to pressure the company to accept the union's contract proposal．The union leaders are considering as their principal new tactic a consumer boycott against Gasco gas stations，which are owned by Energy Incorporated，the same corporation that owns Coalco。

/////////// Energy incorp//////////
Gasco station -------------- Coalco Corp
BI -Union Strike against Coalco Corp to accept the contract's proposal.
Tactise - Boycotting on Gasco station affect the Coalco Corp

We need to find the least one.

The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union leaders’ consideration of whether attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal?

(A) Would revenue losses by Gasco seriously affect Energy Incorporated? if yes - Boycotting Gasco affect the Coalco's Corp.
(B) Can current Gasco customers easily obtain gasoline elsewhere? - if yes - Boycotting Gasco affect the Coalco's Corp.
(C) Have other miners’unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union? - if yes - Boycotting Gasco may or maynot the Coalco's Corp.
(D) Have other unions that have employed a similar tactic achieved their goals with it? - if yes - Boycotting Gasco affect the Coalco's Corp.
(E) Do other corporations that own coal companies also own gas stations? - If yes/No we can't say anything about Boycotting Gasco affect the Coalco's Corp.

Ans E)
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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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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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41．Leaders of a miners’ union on strike against Coalco are contemplating additional measures to pressure the company to accept the union's contract proposal．The union leaders are considering as their principal new tactic a consumer boycott against Gasco gas stations，which are owned by Energy Incorporated，the same corporation that owns Coalco。

The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union leaders’ consideration of whether attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal?

](A) Would revenue losses by Gasco seriously affect Energy Incorporated?
(B) Can current Gasco customers easily obtain gasoline elsewhere?
(C) Have other miners’unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union?
(D) Have other unions that have employed a similar tactic achieved their goals with it?
(E) Do other corporations that own coal companies also own gas stations?

41) i think u r right that both choices are very close and if one does not look clearly might fall for any ans.....
however one point which asks for merit is:-
relevance asked is for union leaders’ consideration of the proposal and not relevance of proposal.... slight difference but i think an imp one...
since union leaders’ consideration would encompass points which might not be true for relevance of proposal..
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All I could carry as an understanding for myself is that

"We should not apply two-step logical co-relation. It should be as much as possible single step co-relation."

Does anyone have an example where the above conclusion is flawed ??
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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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06 Sep 2009, 02:46
I must say C is not also that relevant as it doesn't mean whether other miners’ unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union guarantee to win this contract by the same union still if you think this kind of previous case study can provide some information about the success of the plan. At least if other miners’ unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union , the fact could have add confidence to the union leaders.
But E is no way relevant.
So between C & E, I'll always go for E.
And one humble request please don't write the closed options in heading as it will simply tell us to look between two out of five!
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31 Jul 2010, 21:45
e .. relatively simple !!
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15 Aug 2010, 01:23
yes E it should be - direct shot!
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15 Aug 2010, 08:51
E it is.

C is relevant. If companies have won similar contract then you have case to follow, if companies have never won such contract then may be you have no hope at all.

E is not relevant. Fact is Gasco is owned by Energy, whether there are similar corporation like that in the world, it doesn't matter, you want to strike Gaso, not IBM, HP, Dell.... Your concern is Gasco only.
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15 Aug 2010, 17:00
correct, E has nothing to do with the question of success of the leaders’ attemt. C, if positive provides support for their position.
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16 Aug 2010, 11:33
E is totally irrelevant to the argument in hand.
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16 Aug 2010, 21:51
negate E and nothing happens to the argument We are least bothered about "other corporations"
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"We should not apply two-step logical co-relation. It should be as much as possible single step co-relation."
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07 Sep 2010, 03:34
IMO E...coz other gas companies owning mines is irrelevant and since the question says LEAST its got to be E
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E it is!!!
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Question from OG11-Verbal Review

41．Leaders of a miners’ union on strike against Coalco are contemplating additional measures to pressure the company to accept the union's contract proposal．The union leaders are considering as their principal new tactic a consumer boycott against Gasco gas stations，which are owned by Energy Incorporated，the same corporation that owns Coalco

The answer to which of the following questions is LEAST directly relevant to the union leaders’ consideration of whether attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal?

(A) Would revenue losses by Gasco seriously affect Energy Incorporated?
(B) Can current Gasco customers easily obtain gasoline elsewhere?
(C) Have other miners’unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union? This is relevant because I need to know if my contract is way over the top and unreasonable
(D) Have other unions that have employed a similar tactic achieved their goals with it?
(E) Do other corporations that own coal companies also own gas stations?How does it really matter if other corporations that own coal companies own gas stations? It does not give my any significant information regarding the strike

Any other Option other than C and E are related in some way or the other to the leader's consideration that "attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal"

Regarding Option C:
Whether or not other minor's union have won such proposals - is not related to the fact that something will happen by boycotting the Gasco...and therefore this is the answer

Regarding Option E:
If there are other Co that own both of them, on boycotting Gasco of Energy Incorporated - consumers will go to other Gasco, who also own CoalCo. Therefore the competitors of Energy Incorporated will start performing better and therefore a cause of concern for Energy Incorporated, and likely hood that they will accept the proposal is more.

Therefore Option E is to some extent related and not the correct answer.

If so then "C" is a better anwer. But all forums show option "C" as the correct answer. With a reason that

"If other miners’ unions have won similar contracts，then the union's proposal is reasonable．This question is relevant．"

this is not all related to the union Leaders plans that "attempting a boycott of Gasco will lead to acceptance of their contract proposal". So what if the proposal is reasonable, but it will not get accepted because of boycott...am i wrong...?

Can someone help in understanding what - understanding should we carry about GMAT choice of answers.
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08 Sep 2010, 20:52
I am also with E.
It doesn't matter to either the Leaders or the corporation whether there are any other corporations that own coal companies as well as gas stations.

But can anyone explain me what option C is trying to say ... I am pretty sure that E is related to the premise but want to know what exactly C is trying to say.

Thanks in advance for the explanation
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I am also with E.
It doesn't matter to either the Leaders or the corporation whether there are any other corporations that own coal companies as well as gas stations.

But can anyone explain me what option C is trying to say ... I am pretty sure that E is related to the premise but want to know what exactly C is trying to say.

Thanks in advance for the explanation

C: Have other miners' unions won contracts similar to the one proposed by this union?

Leaders of 1 miners’ union are trying to make the company accept the union's contract proposal, let say contract X.
C is the question whether other unions achieved contracts that are similar/the same as the contract X. HTH
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