Last Friday, McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech  at the Union League Club of Chicago was interrupted by a McDonald’s employee who has been employed for over 10 years. The employee was then arrested. Nancy Salgado, 26,  says she was arrested after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children

She spoke about 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 is still working at McDonald’s but said her hours have been cut after the arrest.

“The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she wondered.

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