McDonalds Employee Arrested After Confronting Executive: "I Can't Afford Shoes For My Children"
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Nancy Salgado, 26 years old, is a cashier at McDonalds. She is a single mother with two children. Nancy earns $8.25 an hour working thirty to forty hours a week. She has worked for McDonalds since she was 16 and has never had a raise. Salgado confronted the president of McDonalds, Jeff Stratton, about her wages during his speech at the Union League Club of Chicago.
“Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I've worked for McDonalds for ten years?” said Salgado.
"I've been there forty years," replied Stratton.
She and six other protesters were given tickets for trespassing. Salgado thinks that $15 an hour would be a fair wage for her work.
"I love my job. I love interacting with customers. I love talking with them, even though, like, it means I'm harder, I'm broken, you know, because sometimes I can't provide a gallon of milk at the fridge,” said Salgado. “But it takes a lot of energy, a lot of knowledge, a lot of multitask. And I think that's what we're worth. You know. It's like—the CEOs make billions and billions a year. Then why can't they provide enough for their employees?”
JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
On Friday, the president of McDonalds was interrupted during a talk by an employee of ten years and mother of two, Nancy Salgado. She confronted him about not being able to make ends meet. Let's take a listen to what she had to say.
NANCY SALGADO, MCDONALDS WORKER AND UNION MEMBER: --woman and a single mother of two. It's really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day. Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I've worked for McDonalds for ten years? The thing is that I need a raise. But you're not helping your employees. How is this possible? You are doing, you're asking, and you're out here putt ing your face and said, I've done all this. But to your employees you haven't done anything.
DESVARIEUX: Now joining us from Chicago is Nancy Salgado.
Thanks for speaking with us, Nancy.
SALGADO: Hi. Good afternoon. No problem. Thank you for having me.
DESVARIEUX: So, Nancy, like you said in the video, you're a mother of two and you cannot afford to even buy your children shoes. What made you take this risk?
SALGADO: You know, it was very risky. I was nervous at first. You know, I was like, oh my God, you know, I'm here. What am I going to do if he, like, tells me things back? You know. It was kind of scary. You know. It was just thinking over and over.
The strength was very powerful, like, just remembering the face of my kids, like I say, you know, just simple things like I can't provide a pair of shoes like everybody else does, sometimes every month, or anything like that. Just looking at, you know, remembering their faces, it was just--like, it was very powerful, you know, and knowing that, you know, my best friend, you know, God, is always with me. And he gave me that power, you know, that strength of saying, you know what? My voice needs to be heard, my voice needs to be rising.
And he needs to know we are what all the employees at McDonalds are going through. We're struggling day to day to provide our needs in our houses, things for our kids. And it's just--it gets harder and harder with just the poverty wage [incompr.] living in.