Labor laws cannot in and of themselves eliminate the discrepancy between the earnings of union and non-union workers.

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Labor laws cannot in and of themselves eliminate the discrepancy between the earnings of union and non-union workers. High-paying occupations are not evenly distributed along union and non-union lines; unionized positions tend to yield higher wages. Therefore, even when labor legislation is rigorously applied, ______________ is the result.

Which one of the following is most appropriate for inclusion in the blank above?
A) a smaller discrepancy between the salaries of union and non-union workers
B) a wider distribution of unionized workers among lower paying jobs
C) an increase in competition for high paying jobs among different non-union groups
D) a comparatively lower earning average for non-union workers
E)a greater financial gain for non-union workers with large salaries


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Could you please post the official explanation. I am trying to understand why is "A" wrong. I was stuck between "A" and "D".