OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU)
Thousands of people nationwide took part in a national day of action demanding the minimum wage be increased, with Bay Area activists spearheading the local "#FightFor15" movement.
The group is demanding that low wage workers all across the state be paid a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
In Oakland, hundreds gathered for a peaceful but powerful protest. More than a 1,000 people came to Oakland City Hall to raise awareness for their cause.
"I want to see everyone to be able to get food on the table for their families and have health benefits and everything. There able to do that a lot more with $15 than $9 an hour," said Samuel Burdick of Chico.
The day of action started early in the Bay as fast food restaurants were bombarded with protestors in San Francisco and other cities rallying others to join their cause.
"We're out here trying to raise the minimum wage to $15 and the right to unionize your workplace," says Shonda Roberts a fast food worker.
Workers all over the state and country say they need to make more money to make ends meet, something that Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb agreed with.
"At least $15 an hour and go up from there as inflation rises. That's just going to help everybody out. That puts more spending money in everyone's pocket which helps stimulate the economy," said Kalb.
From Oakland the protesters boarded buses and headed to Berkeley where there was a special meeting to discuss raising the minimum wage in that city to $19 an hour.
"I don't think I'm earning enough. I think they make too much money. The corporate makes billions every year, so I think I can earn more than $15 an hour," said fast-food worker Miguel Vela.
However all in the audience are not on board with the proposed wage hike. Those who run businesses in Berkeley say the increase will hurt the entire community.
"Under the new proposed minimum wage I would have to modify my business in order to sustain it. That might mean layoffs. That might mean closing for lunch. That might mean other things," said business owner Alex Popov.