Alexia Kulwiec

Credentials: JD

Position title: Department Co-Chair and Associate Professor


Phone: 608-262-0593


Headshot photo of Alexia Kulwiec

JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, L.L.M. University of Arkansas. Alexia previously worked as Chief Counsel to the SEIU Local 1 in Chicago, Illinois, and Associate General Counsel at the IUOE Local 150 before joining the School for Workers in 2014. She brings this experience to her work analyzing and contributing to national labor policy through her publications and brief writing as well as to the classroom. 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 arbitration, hearings before the NLRB, internal union governance, women’s leadership, employment discrimination, and workplace related immigration issues.

Alexia teaches Labor Law and Employment Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught Labor Relations at UW-Madison School of Business and Collective bargaining at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


What students are saying…

“Alexia’s knowledge is priceless in the bargaining process.”

“Alexia is very good at being flexible and adapting. She can personalize the information to the class and students.”

“Alexia offers an informal, interactive setting, combined with a presentation that is easy to understand.”


Selected projects

Agricultural labor law advisor and co-trainer, Peer-to-Peer Labor Management Training Program for Diversified Organic Vegetable Producers, WI Specialty Crop Block Grant and USDA SARE grant.

Principal Investigator, Wisconsin Dairy Farmworker Community Needs Assessment: a qualitative and quantitative study of legal and community needs of Wisconsin dairy workers for Legal Action Wisconsin,  UW-Madison School for Workers, in partnership with  Legal Action of Wisconsin Farmworker Project, 2023, pdf 

NIOSH funded Wisconsin Department of Health Services project: development and delivery of curriculum to Wisconsin workers concerning COVID-19 and its variants, prevention measures, and workplace rights pertaining to COVID-19 concerns.

Principal Investigator, Voices of Wisconsin Workers, A Community Engaged Study of Essential Workers During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic, UW-Madison School for Workers, in partnership with the UW-Madison Population Health Institute, February 15, 2021,


Selected publications