Video of McDonald’s Worker Confronting McDonald’s President Goes Viral
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MCDONALD’S WORKER ASKS MCDONALD’S PRESIDENT: “DO YOU THINK IT’S FAIR I AM MAKING $8.25 WHEN I’VE WORKED FOR MCDONALD’S FOR 10 YEARS?”
CHICAGO – A video capturing Nancy Salgado, a Chicago single mother of two young children and McDonald’s employee of ten years, confronting McDonald’s President Jeff Stratton has gone viral. The video was extensively picked up by digital networks including the Huffington Post, The Raw Story, Reddit, the Real News, AOL Jobs, MSNnow, and Daily Kos.
On Friday October 4, dozens of McDonald’s workers, supported by fellow members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago convened at the Union League Club to speak out against McDonald’s claims of providing competitive wages and opportunities for career advancement during McDonald’s President Jeff Stratton keynote talk “Fries with That?” for the First Friday Club of Chicago.
As Mr. Jeff Stratton was beginning his talk, Nancy poignantly asked, “Do you really think it’s fair that I have a to go through this? Do you think it’s fair that I have to be living on a poverty wage? Do you think it’s fair that I have I am making $8.25 while I’ve worked for McDonald’s for 10 years?
McDonald’s President Jeff Stratton remained mostly silent but replied, “I’ve been there for 40 years.”
Afterwards, Nancy, alongside other workers and supporters who were with her in the luncheon were escorted out, held for more than an hour, and ultimately cited.
McDonald’s made $5.5 billion dollars in profits last year, yet most of their workers in Chicago and across the country earn minimum wage or just above it and are forced to rely on public assistance programs to provide for their families and get healthcare for their children. Nationally, the median wage for cooks, cashiers and crew at fast-food restaurants is just $8.94 an hour. In Chicago a fast food employee working the average hours per week and making the median wage would only earn $11,318 a year.
In the Chicago area there are 275,000 low wage fast food and retail workers. An adult with one child needs to make $20.86 an hour working full time in the Chicago area just to afford the basics, according to a model developed by a professor at MIT.
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