Ernest DuBester began serving his second term as a Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) on November 12, 2013. Appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to both of his terms, Member DuBester has served as an FLRA Member since August 2009, and also served as FLRA Chairman from January – November of 2013. Member DuBester was previously nominated by President Clinton and served as Chairman and Member of the National Mediation Board from 1993-2001.
Member DuBester has almost 40 years of experience in labor-management relations. He began his career at the National Labor Relations Board serving as counsel to former Chairman and Member John Fanning. He also served as a Union attorney with the firm of Highsaw & Mahoney, and as legislative counsel to the AFL-CIO. He previously taught collective bargaining and arbitration at the Catholic University of America School of Law.
In addition, Member