Saturday, October 12, 2013

McDonald’s Worker Threatened With Arrest After Asking Company President For A Living Wage

Nancy Salgado, a McDonald’s employee for 10 years, confronted company president Jeff Stratton last week and described her struggle to take care of her family based on her $8.25 wage. A security guard quickly escorted Salgado and fellow protesters out and threatened her with arrest. Ultimately, Salgado received a citation for trespassing even though the living wage group, Fight For $15, had provided tickets for the event.

During Stratton’s luncheon speech in Chicago, the single mother of two yelled out, “I’ve been at McDonald’s for 10 years.” Stratton only replied, “I’ve been at McDonald’s for 40 years” and later referred to the protesters’ interruption as, “inappropriate.”

In an interview with The Real News, Salgado said, “It was very upsetting, very–I think it was one of the most obnoxious things I’ve been in through,” she said. “I was going to get arrested. They gave me a ticket for interrupting, for, you know, interrupting the president. They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property.” She added that not being able to afford simple things like “a pair of shoes like everybody else does,” for her children inspired her to protest.

Watch what happened

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