Nancy Salgado, 26, an employee who has worked at McDonald’s for ten years, was detained by police for having confronting the company’s president – Jeff Stratton - during a speech the president was giving in Chicago last week, according to Yahoo! News on Thursday. The employee, a single mother, was confronting the executive with McDonald’s about low wages for workers at the fast-food chain.
Salgado was one of a group of persons who protested the event where Stratton was speaking last week when the incident occurred. The group of protesters was attempting to ask company officials to raise the pay of McDonald’s workers to $15 an hour and also asking to be allowed to form a union without fear of dismissal or other retaliation.
According to the report, protesters were detained for an hour, threatened with arrest for their actions, and ticketed.
Salgado’s interruption to the speech included her challenging of Stratton over her pay by saying that she’s a single mother of two, and it’s really hard for her to feed her two children and struggle day to day. She bluntly asked Stratton if he thought it was fair that she is making $8.25 when she’s been working at McDonald’s for 10 years.
Stratton’s response was that he has been at McDonald’s for 40 years.
Salgado says she loves her job, but is often unable to afford a gallon of milk for her children. The report says that her hours have been cut back considerably. Many are blaming the reduced hours – nearly across the board for veteran minimum-wage workers at McDonald’s – due to Obamacare requiring insurance for workers with 30 or more hours per week.