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# The city’s transit union is contemplating a strike in order to coerce

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The city’s transit union is contemplating a strike in order to coerce the mayor into accepting its workers’ demands for a new contract. However, union leaders are aware that a lack of public support for the union can decrease their leverages in negotiations.

The answer to which of the following questions would be LEAST relevant to the transit union’s consideration of whether to strike or not?

A. Does a significant portion of the city’s population believe the union’s current contract is unfair?
B. Would the transit strike severely inconvenience a great many of the city’s people?
C. Have previous strikes by the city’s transit workers been supported by the city’s residents?
D. Do the residents of the city hold the mayor in high regard?
E. Has the mayor clearly outlined the city’s position on the newcontract?

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08 Aug 2017, 03:10
E might be least relevant to the transit union's consideration.

Rest of the statements relies on public interest to support for the union.

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For option D,
If answer is YES, this implies that public is less likely to support the union because they believe that Mayor has taken the correct decision(As people hold the mayor in high regard). And, since public support is an important factor in the success of the strike, as mentioned in the argument, without it the strike is bound to fail.
So this is significant.
If the answer is NO, this implies that public is much more likely to support the union because they would believe that the Mayor hasn't taken the correct decision in regards to the union's demands(because the public believes that the mayor is less likely to make correct decisions as they don't hold him is high regard). So more support from the public implies higher chances of success in the strike.
So this is also significant.
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13 Aug 2017, 06:22
If mayor has already outlined the city's position on the new contract, then they city is likely to keep its stand and not favor the strike. So E is relevant too.
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13 Aug 2017, 06:37
rekhabishop wrote:
If mayor has already outlined the city's position on the new contract, then they city is likely to keep its stand and not favor the strike. So E is relevant too.

Mayor's own position, as an elected representative of the people, can also be referred to as the city's position.
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13 Aug 2017, 09:11
nitesh181989 wrote:
rekhabishop wrote:
If mayor has already outlined the city's position on the new contract, then they city is likely to keep its stand and not favor the strike. So E is relevant too.

Mayor's own position, as an elected representative of the people, can also be referred to as the city's position.

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13 Aug 2017, 10:42
rekhabishop wrote:
nitesh181989 wrote:
rekhabishop wrote:
If mayor has already outlined the city's position on the new contract, then they city is likely to keep its stand and not favor the strike. So E is relevant too.

Mayor's own position, as an elected representative of the people, can also be referred to as the city's position.

another way to look at this would be:

"Has the mayor clearly outlined the city’s position on the new contract?"

Whatever the answer for the above question may be, either a yes or no, would only tell the union if the city's position has been clearly stated or not. This answer in itself would give no indication of what the position actually is. In order to know that position, a better question would be on the lines of "if the Mayor has outlined the city's position, what is that position?"

Just my two cents...
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13 Aug 2017, 17:54
nitesh181989 wrote:
another way to look at this would be:

"Has the mayor clearly outlined the city’s position on the new contract?"

Whatever the answer for the above question may be, either a yes or no, would only tell the union if the city's position has been clearly stated or not. This answer in itself would give no indication of what the position actually is. In order to know that position, a better question would be on the lines of "if the Mayor has outlined the city's position, what is that position?"

Just my two cents...

You know, I don't want to assume that the mayor would lie on the position of the city's position. If he simply took their opinion and drafted the new contract accordingly, wouldn't that be helpful to understand the public's response?

Rather than twisting it in a zillion ways, if you take it as is, it does impact the union's decision.
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