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USA Truck increases pay for regional drivers

Arkansas-based company also is giving weekly productivity bonuses.

   USA Truck said it has raised the pay for its regional class A drivers.
   “We are very proud of our driving team and all they do to make USA Truck what it is today,” said James Reed, USA Truck president and CEO. “This pay increase reflects our personal commitment to making USA Truck a place where every team member can grow and thrive in both the quality of their company experience and personal income.”
   The pay hike took effect Sunday. With it, the Van Buren, Ark.-based USA Truck is offering weekly “productivity pay.”
   “The pay increase includes updated and higher regional base pay, an expanded 20-year pay scale and weekly productivity pay. This is truly unique because at USA Truck productivity pay is now earned weekly as part of a driver’s base pay — not monthly or quarterly. We want to instill the pay philosophy of ‘drive more, earn more’ for our drivers,” Reed said.
   Productivity pay will continue to be tied to safely operating equipment. Each week, USA Truck drivers who operate safely can add up to an additional 6 cents per mile (CPM) to their weekly pay.
   “Depending on your location, you can earn up to 52.5 CPM. It is as simple as this: When you drive more, you earn more with us,” Werner Hugo, senior vice president of trucking, said. “
   USA Truck said it has openings for regional runs in the Northeast, Midwest, South and Southeast United States. These runs include the productivity pay package as well as bonuses for fuel, loyalty and referrals.
   “As an added advantage for driver satisfaction on the road, pets and riders are welcome at USA Truck,” the company said.

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