Dan Cerveny, a keyboardist, joined the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) just in time to learn firsthand how the union helps its members. Early in his career, he found himself with a chance to join up with a polka band in Pennsylvania.
"The only way I could play was if I joined the union," he recalls. "The proprietor who hired us ended up stiffing the entire band, and our union got us paid."
Today, Cerveny is the Secretary Treasurer of AFM Local 70-558 in Omaha, Nebraska.
"It’s been a fantastic 20 years," says Cerveny. "I so believe in this union and what it can do for musicians."
Cerveny is also a big proponent of the Union Plus Credit Card. He’s been carrying it since the late 1990s, loves the 1.5% cash back rewards he gets with every purchase.