Sumner, Washington-based Cheema Freightlines is celebrating 15 years in business this year by increasing pay for all of its mileage-based truck drivers.
The carrier, which has about 325 tractors and 1,100 trailers earlier this month announced a 4 cents-per-mile increase for its drivers.
The raise puts drivers with eight years or more experience at 56 cents per mile, with another 2 cents per mile monthly bonus for exceeding 10,000 safe driving miles.
“Last year we made sure the bonus was easily attainable and lucrative; this year we are making sure the paychecks themselves are reflective of all of the hard work our drivers put in every day,” said Cheema Executive Vice President Doug Mayle. “Being a professional driver is really hard work, especially being away from home to provide for your family – we want to be sure every Team Cheema family member knows that they are valuable to us, as well as our part of the American supply chain.”