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