Abbott, Kiko and DuBester Nominated As Members of the FLRA
President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate James Thomas Abbott and Colleen Kiko to serve as Members of the Authority – the FLRA’s three-Member decisional component. He also announced his intent to re-nominate Ernest DuBester to serve a third consecutive term as a member of the Authority. Mr. Abbott has been nominated for the remainder of a five-year term expiring on July 1, 2020, and Ms. Kiko for the remainder of a five-year term expiring on July 29, 2022. DuBester has been nominated for the remainder of a five-year term expiring on July 1, 2019. The president plans to designate Ms. Kiko as FLRA Chair upon her confirmation.
Mr. Abbott has served as Chief Counsel to the FLRA since 2007, currently with Acting Chairman Patrick Pizzella and previously with Chairman Dale Cabaniss and Member Thomas Beck. Prior to his appointment to the Authority, Mr. Abbott served as Deputy General Counsel for the Congressional Office of Compliance, from 2004 to 2007. Earlier in his career, he served as the Senior Associate District Counsel for Personnel and Ethics at the Defense Contract Management Agency; Chief Counsel at Corpus Christi Army Depot, US Army Materiel Command; and Senior Labor Counsel at the HQ Depot Systems Command, US Army Materiel Command. He received his J.D. from Temple Univer-sity Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, and was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Malone University. He lives in Oakton, Virginia, with his husband, Daniel Gri, and their two sons. He was a speaker at the Society’s 2017 Annual Symposium.
Ms. Kiko was born and raised in North Dakota. She currently serves as a Judge on the Employees’ Compen-sation Appeals Board in the Department of Labor. Ms. Kiko has a long history with the FLRA. She worked in its predecessor agency and, when the FLRA opened its doors on January 1, 1979, Ms. Kiko began work in the Washington Regional Office investigating ULPs. She ultimately moved into positions within the headquarters of the FLRA. In 2005, she returned to serve as General Counsel of the FLRA. Ms. Kiko has served in the Justice Department in various capacities, as an associate counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, and in the private practice of law. She holds a J.D. from Antonin Scalia Law School and a B.S. degree from North Dakota State University. Ms. Kiko lives in Virginia with her husband, Phil. They have four children and four grandchildren.
Member DuBester has served as an Authority Member since August 2009. He also previously served as FLRA Chairman from January to November 2013. Member DuBester has over 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. From 1993-2001, he was Chairman and Member at the National Mediation Board (NMB), which oversees labor relations in the airline and railroad industries, and subsequently worked as NMB staff mediator from 2005-2009. From 2001-2005, Member DuBester served as the professor and director of the dispute-resolution program at George Mason University School of Law (now Antonin Scalia Law School). Member DuBester received his undergraduate degree from Boston College; his law degree from Catholic University, where he served as Recent Developments Editor of the Law Review; and his Masters of Law in Labor Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is married to Karen Marie Kremer.