McDonald’s Employee Confronts Executive: I Can’t Afford Shoes For My Children

Mother of two arrested after confronting McDonald’s President about poverty wages by The Real News Network


Nancy Salgado is 26 years old and is a cashier at McDonald’s. She has been at her current McDonald’s for ten months. She is a single mother with seven- and two-year old children. The family currently lives in Logan Square, a community on Chicago’s northwest Side. Nancy earns $8.25 an hour, works thirty to forty hours per week and is struggling to raise her two kids. Nancy has worked for McDonald’s since she was 16 and has never had a raise.

Nancy Salgado, 26 years old, is a cashier at McDonald’s.  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 McDonald’s since she was 16 and has never had a raise.

Salgado confronted the president of McDonald’s, 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 McDonald’s 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?”

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