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Labor Mediator

“In this problem, student groups serve as mediators to settle a dispute between the owner and the union of a small manufacturing company. Both sides are looking at the same data but coming up with very different numbers. The student’s job is to first understand the two different ways of seeing the data (the owner is including the management salaries in their calculations of the average salary while the union doesn’t include the upper management). Then they have to present a recommendation. This is a really engaging problem that raises important questions about the way data, often perceived as being completely objective, can be biased and informed by perspective.”