Vanderbilt Law Review


Brent Robbins

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The National Labor Relations Act's ("NLRA") central purpose is to reduce industrial strife and stimulate economic growth by promoting collective bargaining between employers and unions.' The 1947 amendments to the Act make clear that collective bargaining must be conducted in good faith. Under the Act, as interpreted by the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") and the courts, labor and management must bargain collectively in good faith over the "mandatory" subjects of "wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment." From its earliest days, the NLRB has interpreted the duty to bargain collectively as requiring companies to bargain collectively with the representatives of his employees."