Ernest DuBester began serving for a second time as FLRA Chairman on January 5, 2017. He began 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 U.S. Senate to both of his terms, Member DuBester has served as an FLRA Member since August 2009, and he also served as FLRA Chairman from January to November of 2013. Member DuBester was previously nominated by President Clinton and served as Chairman and Member of the National Mediation Board from 1993 to 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 DuBester served as Professor and Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at George Mason University School of Law. During his time at George Mason, he also worked as an arbitrator and mediator of labor and employment matters, including many federal-sector cases.
Member DuBester received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, his law degree from the Catholic University of America School of Law, where he was Recent Developments Editor of the Law Review, and his Masters of Law in Labor Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.