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agreement • strike • salary
talented • lock-out
  1. He has no motivation to work any harder because of the cap at the company.
  2. We don't have to work this week, because there is a and we can't get in the building.
  3. He is a hockey player, but not good enough to be professional.
  4. There are many issues over which the political parties will never come to an .
  5. Most of the airline employees are on right now, so there are very few flights.
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Answer the following questions about the interview.
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#542 The Ice Sport

Alan talks about hockey.

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come to an agreement

I was quite happy to read that the NHL’s come to an agreement with the players.

To 'come to an agreement' is to find a solution that makes both people feel satisfied about the result of a situation.  You usually come to an agreement after a discussion about the issue.  Notice the following:

  1. After three days, the members of the board finally came to an agreement.
  2. We have talked about this for hours now.  I don't think we'll ever come to an agreement.

strike

Do you think that the athletes are making too much money, that it’s OK for them to strike and ask for more money?

If you 'strike,' you refuse to work again until an employer changes a policy to meet your needs.  This is usually something organized in a big group of people.  Notice the following:

  1. When the teachers went on strike, the children stayed home from school.
  2. No airplanes are flying to South America right now because the employees are on strike.

salary cap

I actually agree with the idea of having a salary cap.

A 'salary cap' is a limit on a possible salary, or the highest amount a person can receive for a certain type of work or in a certain company.  Notice the following:

  1. They put a salary cap on her positions a few weeks before she was going to get a promotion.
  2. If a position has a salary cap, will the employees still work as hard as they can?

talented

Leave the less talented players for the smaller market teams.

If someone is 'talented,' then he is very capable and skilled at what he does.  Notice the following:

  1. She was always a talented singer, but I never believed she would be famous.
  2. I knew right away that he was a talented hockey player.

lock-out

I think after this one there won’t be another strike or lock-out for many years.

A 'lock out' is when a business locks the employees out of the building and prevents them from working because of work or business problems.  Notice the following:

  1. Although she got a few days of vacation, she wasn't happy about the lock out.
  2. They have had three lock outs this year.

 

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