As we lament the financial meltdown, Bas reminds us that disadvantaged communities face a perpetual recession.
The Executive Director of EBASE demonstrates, through concrete personal stories, how the basic concepts of the living wage, the community benefits model, and expanding the pie are pathways to a green and sustainable inclusive jobs movement.
Nikki Fortunato Bas
Executive Director, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
Since 2006, Nikki Fortunato Bas has led EBASE by developing its current strategic plan and keeping it focused on winning good jobs & healthy communities. EBASE unifies communities, faith, and labor to stand with low-income workers and families. It has improved the lives of over 20,000 East Bay workers by winning living-wage policies and community benefit agreements and supporting workers in gaining a voice on the job. Nikki came to EBASE after many years of working with garment workers to pass a landmark sweatshop reform law in California and win millions of dollars in back wages from major corporations. She chairs the boards of the national Partnership for Working Families and Oakland Rising.