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# The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike

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25 May 2005, 09:10
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23. The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bellâ€™s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the workerâ€™s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bellâ€™s subsidiaries will be sold.

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
(B) Bellâ€™s management will refuse to increase its workerâ€™s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bellâ€™s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bellâ€™s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

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25 May 2005, 09:16
C

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25 May 2005, 09:44
yaa, agree, C

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26 May 2005, 06:00
I see why it could be C, but can someone refute E?

IMO, if Bellâ€™s workers will accept improved benefit package in place of desired wage increase, then the conclusion that Bell will be selling some of itâ€™s subsidiary is invalid. But if Bellâ€™s workers will not accept improved benefit in place of desire wage increase, then the some of Bellâ€™s subsidiary would be sold to avoid the strike. Thus the conclusion is properly drawn.

I pick E.

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26 May 2005, 07:49
E...

I had narrowed down to A and E.... however,

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
doesn't this imply that Bell Manufacturing was already incurring losses, and will suffer more losses.... hence I rejected this one.

(E) Bellâ€™s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.
this seems more plausible since only when he makes this assumption, will he have to think of increased wages and hence will have to think of selling off subsidaries.

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28 May 2005, 07:03
My thoughts are exactly as Folaa3's and chose E, but the OA is C.

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