A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.
Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.
Nancy Salgado speaks to The Real News
“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”

“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.
“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.
At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.
She later recalled the encounter to The Real News’ Jessica Desvarieux.

“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,” she said. “And he needs to know we are what all the employees at McDonald’s 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 they have us living in.”
“They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property. You’re just going to go to jail,” Salgado added. “And what I remember just telling them, ‘well, like, so, because I have to speak out my mind and I had to tell the president the poverty wage I’m living in, that’s just against the law?’ You know, just be able to speak up your mind and say, you know what, I can’t survive with $8.25? It’s just — it’s ridiculous that I’m going to get arrested. You know.”
Salgado, who is still working at McDonald’s, said she had her hours cut following the arrest and feared further retaliation.
“The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she wondered.

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  1. Seriously, get another fucking job, fuck McDonalds, they dont give a shit about the working class they employ, they just care that there shit sells period, end of story.

  2. Uuuum...In our economical situation. A lot of people have to work at McDonalds.

    1. Nobody is forcing them to work at MacDonalds, any more than you can force me to eat there, or force me to buy healthcare I don't want... Oh wait...

      Well two out of three right?

      But seriously, I get your point, I just don't feel that's a valid excuse, I don't support MacDonalds taking advantage of people, like I said, I will never eat there, I know what goes into the garbage they serve as food here in the US. I know they are a blight on health and pay only enough to keep people at a subsistence level.

      So while Nobody is forcing her to work there, and she is as much to blame as MacDonalds, I think it's fair that people boycott that company for every reason I mentioned including how they poison our kids and use false advertizing to make us think their products are anything other than poison.

  3. McDonalds are an evil empire who expoloit the poor then sell them processed poision garbage that they call food.... everyone should boycott the stinking joint!

  4. After working there for 10 years, she should have definitely gotten a raise a long time ago. This sucks.



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