Vanderbilt Law Review

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Collyer Insulated Wire' has been one of the most significant decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (Board) in recent years..That case established the principle' that the policies of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or Act) could best be effectuated if the Board deferred resolution of disputes based primarily on the meaning and application of a collective-bargaining agreement to the grievance--arbitration provisions of the parties' agreement. While the underpinnings of Collyer are traceable to well-established NLRB and judicial precedents, the decision is nonetheless an important new "developmental step"' that has precipitated far-reaching changes in the Board's approach to processing and deciding unfair labor practice cases. In succeeding decisions, the Board has expanded its application of Collyer, while refining the criteria necessary for deferral. This article will review and analyze the development of those policies into what is now called the"Collyer doctrine."