Fast-food workers from some of the largest restaurant chains in San Diego walked off their jobs Aug. 29 as part of a nationwide strike spanning 35 cities, according to union organizers.

The strikers were demanding hourly pay of $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor practices, organizers said.

The action follows similar job actions in seven cities across the nation. “Our wages weren’t magically going to go up so we decided it was time to take a stand,” said worker Raquel Neri. “It’s scary but it’s way scarier to try to figure out how to pay rent an support a family on $9 an hour.”

Among the affected food chains locally were McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Subway and Chipotle, organizers said.

The strikers were joined by some community leaders including Clare Crawford, executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, a labor funded advocacy group.

— SDBJ Staff Report