After 10 years of being a loyal employee, Nancy Salgado interrupted McDonald’s president Jeff Stratton during a speech and told him that her menial wages couldn’t fulfill the needs of her children. Her demands for a raise, however, landed her in handcuffs, Raw Story reports.
Salgado, 26, who makes $8.25 in hourly wages, confronted Stratton at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday. Food and shoes for her kids, Salgado bemoaned, is much too difficult to afford with her salary.
“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” Salgado yelled 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 here for forty years,” Stratton replied, clearly unimpressed.
“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.
At this point during her outburst, an official approached her saying that she would be arrested. Salgado thought the whole matter was incredulous seeing as she simply spoke her mind. “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. 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?’” she told The Real News Network.
Unfortunately, when she returned to her job after her arrest, she found that her hours would be cut. “The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she lamented. She says that she thinks $15 per hour is a fair wage.
Here’s a clip of Salgado speaking to The Real News Network.