Are meetings held to narrow and resolve issues after a petition is filed?

Yes.  After a petition is filed, a Regional Director may require all affected parties to meet to narrow and resolve the issues raised in the petition, e.g., to clarify the purpose of the petition; to obtain facts to clarify the petition; to prepare for a hearing.  See Section 2422.13(b) of the Regulations.The parties can also enter into a joint stipulation of the facts that address all appropriate unit issues in lieu of a hearing.  See Section 2422.20(b) of the Regulations.  In such cases, if the stipulation is adequate, the Regional Director reviews the record and issues a Decision and Order.