Alexia Kulwiec brings over twenty years of experience as legal counsel and labor and employment law to her role as Assistant Professor in the School for Workers. She works to contribute the voice of employees to national labor policy, through her publications and brief writing on current subjects of concern. She also currently studies labor standards in U.S. agriculture and the food system.
While always willing to tailor courses for local unions or other advocacy groups, Alexia currently offers programs in:
- Labor and employment law,
- Wage and hour claims,
- Union organizing campaigns,
- Contract negotiations and interpretation,
- Grievance and arbitration,
- Hearings before the NLRB,
- Internal union governance,
- Employment discrimination and workplace related immigration issues.
Alexia previously worked as Chief Counsel to the SEIU Local 1 in Chicago, Illinois, and Associate General Counsel at the IUOE Local 150 in Countryside, Illinois before joining the faculty at the School for Workers in 2014. She brings this experience to her work analyzing and contributing to national labor policy as well as to the classroom, teaching labor and employment law, contract negotiations and interpretation, grievance and arbitration, handling NLRB matters, women’s leadership, employment discrimination and sexual harassment.
B.A., University of Notre Dame
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.
Selected Publications and Editorial Contributions
Contract Poultry Growers as Employees – an Alternative to the Fair Farmer Rules, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 68, No. 2, 128 (Wolters Kluwer, Summary 2017).
Adapting to the Changing Patterns of Industrial Life, The Importance of the NLRB Decisions in Browning-Ferris and Miller & Anderson, and the Opportunity to Increase the Bargaining Power of the Contingent Workforce, Labor Law Journal, Vol. 67 No. 2, 360 (Walters Kluwer, Summer 2016).
Employee Voice – Unionization in Grocery Cooperatives, Cooperative Grocer (Cooperative Grocer Network, August, 2017).
The Developing Labor Law, Contributing editor, Ch. 18 (7th Ed., BNA Books, 2018 Supplement).
The Developing Labor Law, Contributing editor, Ch. 7 (7th Ed., BNA Books, 2017), and (6th Ed., 2015 and 2016 Supplements).
Amicus Curiae Briefs before the National Labor Relations Board in:
Miller & Anderson, Inc., Case No. 05-RC-079249, 364 NLRB No. 29 (2016); and
Northwestern and College Athletes Players Association, CAPA, 362 NLRB No. 167 (2015).