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, B.A. in Economics. Alexia previously worked as Chief Counsel to SEIU Local 1 in Chicago, Illinois, and Associate General Counsel at IUOE Local 150 before joining the School for Workers in 2014. In addition to providing labor education programming, Alexia teaches Labor Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, as well as a Labor and Employment Law survey course. Alexia has also taught Labor Relations at UW-Madison School of Business and Collective Bargaining at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She is involved in analyzing and contributing to national labor policy through her publications and amicus curiae brief writing before the National Labor Relations Board, and in submitted federal rulemaking comments. She also currently studies labor standards in U.S. agriculture and the food system and has engaged in applied research involving agricultural workers and other essential workers. While always willing to customize 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, workers’ compensation and workplace related immigration issues.


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

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 

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.

NOSH funded Wisconsin Department of Health Services project with Co-PI L. Loustaunau, Development of Wisconsin Worker Health and Safety Council and Facilitation of Worker’s Compensation Training for Vulnerable Workers, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Grant, (2023-2024).

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