Fast-food workers expected to strike over minimum wage

(CNN/WCSC) - Fast-food restaurant workers in Charleston are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday as part of a nationwide strike.

It's part of a national effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the industry and secure the right to unionize. Charleston is just one of 100 cities expected to participate in the strike. 

Protests began last year and have since gained momentum.

The median pay for the fast-food workers nationwide is just more than $9 an hour, or about $18,500 a year.

That is lower than the Census Bureau's poverty income threshold level for a family of four.

The National Restaurant Association claims the demonstrations are a "coordinated PR campaign engineered by national labor groups," and that "relatively few restaurant workers have participated" in past demonstrations.

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