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# The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike

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22 Nov 2010, 20:08
It a toughie - C.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

No wage increase ---- Means Strike
C -->E
Cause Doesnt Exist ---->Effect Doesnt exist
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries(No Strike)

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike. Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike - L.O will weaken the argument (conclusion) that subsidiaries will be sold. Correct Answer.
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23 Nov 2010, 01:34
Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike.
The subsidiaries could still be sold, since as you have pointed out, the relationships are:
No wage increase ---- Means Strike
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries

Which is:

No strike--Wage increase--sell subsidiaries.

For me the answer is C because No strike-->wage increase-->sell subsidiaries! Voilá!

However, I dont catch how the negation technique works in this example. Please clarify.

vicksikand wrote:
It a toughie - C.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

No wage increase ---- Means Strike
C -->E
Cause Doesnt Exist ---->Effect Doesnt exist
Wage Increase ---- Sell Subsidiaries(No Strike)

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike. Logical Opposite : Workers will be going on a strike - L.O will weaken the argument (conclusion) that subsidiaries will be sold. Correct Answer.

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03 Mar 2011, 04:01
Yeah why is E wrong? I picked E.
Conclusion is 'some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold'.
Premise is 'The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries'
Shouldn't one of the assumption be 'there is no other way to pacify the worker other than increasing the wages. This increase will cause the company to sell some of its subsidiaries.?'
Isn't this also a valid assumption?
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04 Mar 2012, 13:08
I initially chose A. However, after explanation from "cano", the answer C is clear.
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28 Jan 2015, 05:23
The conclusion is that bell will have to increase the wages and hence subsidiaries will be sold.

An assumption when negated makes the argument/conclusion fall apart.

E says Bell workers will not accept a package of improved benefits...suppose we negate it and say that Bell workers will accept a package of improved benefits...it will mean that the Bell will not need to increase the wages and hence subsidiaries will not be sold. Hence the conclusion falls part.

Can someone please explain as to why not E??

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The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’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) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

Workers will go on strike if management doesn't increase wages.
To increase wages Bell needs to sell subsidiaries. Subsidiaries will be sold if we assume that:
Management will increase wages. Then workers will not go on strike.
We should find one of these assumptions in the answer choices:

A. Not inferred from the passage, because Bell could sell subsidiaries and not suffer losses.
B. Then Bell's subsidiaries don't need to be sold and workers will go on strike. Since the conclusion is that subsidiaries will be sold, one of the assumptions is that the management will increase wages, opposite to this option.
C. If we assume that the workers will not go on strike, is because the management increased the wages, and will sell some subsidiaries. This is properly drawn with the conclusion of the argument.
D. It's not relevant. He can offer, he can also sell subsidiaries. But this assumption doesn't help us here.
E. If they will not accept a package, it means that the management decided not to increase the wages and decided not to sell some subsidiaries. It goes against the conclusion.

According to this reasoning, C is the best option.
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07 Feb 2015, 07:59
The conclusion is that some of the Bell's subsidiaries will be sold, for:
1. The workers will strike if salaries not increased.
2. The Bell's president is aware that the company have to sell some subsidiaries to increase their workers' salaries.
The author must assume that the president have the authority to make the decision to whether increase the worker's salaries or to sell the salaries.
A - Not necessarily. This scenario can be prevented by increasing the salary
B - Opposite answer. If so, why have to sell subsidiaries?
C - Opposite answer. If so, why have to sell subsidiaries?
D - CORRECT.
E - Explicitly said that they need their salaries increased.
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08 May 2017, 01:13
I don't know whether the answer is C or D . A B E can definitely not the answers. D is also not a good answer. C seems more like a inference than like an assumption.
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12 Jul 2017, 03:15
The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’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) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

For the question workers at Bell Manufacturing:ths gist of this arguments is that Bell industries is about to have a strike so-->sell subsidiaries -->increase worker wages

(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
Talking about the future-Out of scope for conclusion questions
(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
If this is true the argument collapses
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
One simple understanding is that it will increase the wage by selling the subsidiaries.Option C is the only option within the scope
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
We are not provided any information that whether president has the authority or not.So out of scope
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.
Out of scope
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07 Oct 2017, 16:03
I choose E
because if workers will accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase then there will be no need to sell subsidiaries. Since the conclusion says that they will sell subsidiaries that means they assume that there is no other way ( improved benefits ) but increase wages to stop the strike
C is the obvious result after selling the subsidies I can't understand y C is right
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14 Oct 2017, 09:39
Ridhimajain96 wrote:
I choose E
because if workers will accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase then there will be no need to sell subsidiaries. Since the conclusion says that they will sell subsidiaries that means they assume that there is no other way ( improved benefits ) but increase wages to stop the strike
C is the obvious result after selling the subsidies I can't understand y C is right

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

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

The author correctly reasons that some of Bell's subsidiaries will have to be sold in order to avoid a strike. But we can only accurately conclude that some of the subisidiaries will be sold IF we assume that the strike is to be avoided. What if the strike is simply allowed to happen? What if the president doesn't care whether the workers go on strike? If that's the case, there would be no reason to sell the subsidiaries.

Thus, the argument relies on the assumption stated in choice (C).

As for choice (E), we are already told that workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. This statement describes a NECESSARY condition. In order to avoid a strike, management MUST increase wages. Since we are given this fact, we have to assume that no other solution will prevent the strike.

Choice (E) simply restates something that is already implied by this premise. The author does not have to make this assumption since we are already given the fact that only a wage increase will prevent a strike.

I hope this helps!
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As for choice (E), we are already told that workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. This statement describes a NECESSARY condition. In order to avoid a strike, management MUST increase wages. Since we are given this fact, we have to assume that no other solution will prevent the strike.

Choice (E) simply restates something that is already implied by this premise. The author does not have to make this assumption since we are already given the fact that only a wage increase will prevent a strike.

I hope this helps!

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I selected E as answer and i saw that OA is C but was not convinced why E was wrong.

I understood why E is wrong after i saw your explanation. It was very clear.

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gmatcracker2010 wrote:
The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’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) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

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OA is c

I have marked d. Can somebody please explain?

The conclusion is: some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold

This stimulus can be seen as a string of conditionals and we are looking for an answer that ensures the conclusion takes place.

The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages[Conditional 1]

If workers do not go on strike -> management has increased wages

As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries.[Conditional 2]

If the management has increased wages, Bell would have sold some of its subsidiaries

Clearly, as per the chain, we need the workers to not go on strike to ensure that Bell has sold some of its subsidiaries. Hence option (C) is the assumption. Hope that helps
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28 Aug 2018, 22:56
[quote="TommyWallach"]Hey All,

I know some people have been arguing this one back and forth still, so I'll weigh in one last time.

18. The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold.

Conclusion: Bell will sell subsidiaries
Premise: Workers going on strike unless management ups wages, but subsidiaries need to be sold to up wages
Assumption: Bell cares is workers go on strike

The conclusion above is properly drawn if which one of the following is assumed?
(A) Bell Manufacturing will begin to suffer increased losses.
PROBLEM: We don't need this to make the argument work, because this is theoretical about the strike, not necessarily implying that the strike will happen. If it doesn't, there needn't be any losses.

(B) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
PROBLEM: This is the opposite of what we want. If they don't increase wages, they won't need to sell subsidiaries.

(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
ANSWER: Try "least extreme negation" (this is the method whereby you can take the opposite of every answer choice, and whichever one DESTROYS the argument is the correct assumption). "The workers WILL be going on strike." If they go on strike, then that means their wages weren't increased, and thus that the company didn't sell its subsidiaries. That would destroy the conclusion.

(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: We don't need the president to have the authority. The board could do it, or anybody.

(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.
PROBLEM: Totally irrelevant, as the argument is ABOUT the wage increase.

Hi,

Here, I have a doubt. If we negate option E which becomes 'Bell’s workers will accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase. This implies that the subsidiaries will not be sold and it changes the conclusion. However, in option C, it

Many a times options like E which seems to be out of scope are actually correct.

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27 Mar 2019, 10:55
gmatcracker2010 wrote:
The workers at Bell Manufacturing will shortly go on strike unless the management increases their wages. As Bell’s president is well aware, however, in order to increase the worker’s wages, Bell would have to sell off some of its subsidiaries. So, some of Bell’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) Bell’s management will refuse to increase its worker’s wages.
(C) The workers at Bell Manufacturing will not be going on strike.
(D) Bell’s president has the authority to offer the workers their desired wage increase.
(E) Bell’s workers will not accept a package of improved benefits in place of their desired wage increase.

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OA is c

I have marked d. Can somebody please explain?

Conclusion: some of Bell’s subsidiaries will be sold. => Wage is increased. The premise points out that if the wage is increased, the workers would stop going on strike=> C matches.
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