SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Sacramento fast food workers were out to send a strong message, demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour and to be able to join a union without retaliation.

“I can never keep up, I can never pay my rent on time my SMUD, PG&E, which means I can never get ahead,” said Shannon Workman, a Del Taco worker.

Sacramento was one of 150 cities participating in Thursday’s walkout – which also spanned over 30 countries

“I hope it raises the wage and people will respect … and [that] they start to care more,” Workman said.

Thursday’s protesters were at the McDonald’s on Howe Avenue, but workers from other fast food chains – including Del Taco, Jack in the Box and Taco Bell – all had workers in attendance.

“If we don’t stand together then this won’t happen. It needs to be all of us, not just one person, all of us together,” said McDonald’s worker Edward Mezanderson.

Fast food businesses say the raise would hurt their ability to create jobs.

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