The bonuses I have been getting aren't just given to me. I have to ask and in some cases do a little negotiating. The money is there, in the load, if it wasn't I would not be getting anything extra. When asking for and receiving a bonus, it helps my bargaining position to be the only van available. I once got into a brief debate about asking for extra money from one of your former countryperson. He claimed if you run for a contracted rate, that's the rate you get paid. No negotiating. I countered with "everything is negotiable." After all, this is a business.Even JB Hunt is giving thier guys bonuses. Seems more common among top tier carriers.
You can be both.My carrier sent me a letter to present to law enforcement and other authoritarian types: Verification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker/Essential Business & Activity Status.
How cool is that! All this time I thought I was just some insignificant, schmuck van driver.
My insurance company is sending me a rebate for reduced risk due to the lower traffic in virus times. Supposed to be 20 to 25% of my yearly premium. This is my personal vehicle insurance company though, not my carrier insurance company. I was kind of surprised to see it. Insurance companies are not known for being human but there are 4 or 5 so far here in Canada who are doing something like this.
Somebody, in Connecticut I think it was, tested wastewater (sewage) and found WAY more coronavirus than they expected, based on the number of known infections. They concluded that there are many, many more people infected than have been diagnosed. It also shows that people poop a really lot of coronavirus.