"I've seen things get rough," says Jermaine. "Not like it was in the twenties, but still bad." Ah, the 1920s -- when an attempt by coal miners to unionize once turned into a battle that left up to 130 corpses on the ground. So yes, it's not like that anymore.
Today's managers and CEOs might whine about unions, but at least they're not dropping actual bombs on them.
As for how bad it gets, well, it depends on who's on strike. Teachers unions are more restrained, he says, but the shit can hit the fan when a bunch of burly auto workers get involved.
"Any strike having to do with the UAW (United Auto Workers) or cars is another level ... I've had bricks thrown at me going back to the shuttle to the hotel. Sometimes they follow you back to the hotel and taunt you there, so you need to switch on a weekly basis."
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"Always remember to sharpen the top of your sign handles into stakes."