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Understanding the Impact of the NLRA on Low Wage Workers

Produced on December 04, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This program, taught by Alejandro A. Ortiz, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program and former field attorney with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), will review protections and limitations for low-wage workers covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The course will also discuss proposed and potential changes to the NLRA, and how such changes could affect low wage workers in various industries. Finally, the presenter will analyze relevant and recent caselaw about the NLRA that is particularly pertinent to low wage workers.

The program will benefit attorneys who practice before the NLRB as well as those who represent low-wage workers, unions, and employers of those workers.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the protections afforded workers under the NLRA and limitations on those protections
  2. Analyze how those protections and limitations affect low low-wage workers employed in specific areas, such as farm vs. fast-food workers
  3. Identify possible coming changes to the NLRA and how those changes would affect low-wage workers 

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Alejandro Ortiz

American Civil Liberties Union

Alejandro Agustín Ortiz is a Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program where he focuses on promoting economic justice for vulnerable communities, including in housing and labor/employment and equal rights for inhabitants of U.S. territories like Puerto Rico.  Previously, he was a Senior Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in its Manhattan office, where he investigated and prosecuted companies and unions accused of violating workers’ free association rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Among other cases, Alejandro helped prosecute McDonald’s the USA, LLC, and 29 of its franchises in a consolidated trial that was the longest in NLRB history.  Despite the serious allegations, Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar were spared from prosecution.  Alejandro clerked for Judges Christine M. Arguello and William J. Martínez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and Magistrate Judge Justo Arenas of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.  He obtained his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, where he captained a successful co-ed flag football team called The Estoppels, and his B.A. from Virginia Tech University.


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