QUESTION TYPE: Flawed Reasoning
CONCLUSION: We shouldn’t strike now.
REASONING: A strike would be financially difficult.
ANALYSIS: This union organizer only mentioned the downsides of striking now. They ignored whether there are benefits.
Strikes always pose financially difficulties to unions. The reason unions strike is that they hope to get benefits from the strike that outweigh the downsides.
- Actually, the organizer did consider this: a strike would reduce the strike fund, even if there is no fine.
- This doesn’t matter. Union members probably have enough context to understand what a major financial cost would look like.
- CORRECT. The union member only mentions downsides to striking. They ignore any possible benefits.
- The union member wasn’t comparing all factors that affect the union’s bargaining position. They were just claiming that the financial loss would be unacceptable.
- It’s possible there will never be a good time to strike. That doesn’t mean the union should strike now.
If there’s never a good time to strike in the future, and now isn’t a good time, then the union simply shouldn’t strike, ever.
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