Native Pride Owner to Give Employees Raise
for Efforts in Serving Truckers During COVID-19
April 3, 2020, Irving, NY- Native Pride Travel Plaza owner, JC Seneca, is giving a retroactive pay raise to his hourly employees. According to the business owner, the increase is his way of showing appreciation for his staff in the ways they are serving truckers during this demanding time.
“Since the spread of COVID-19, America’s professional truck drivers are being challenged to deliver needed food and supplies in short time periods, over long distances,” Seneca said. “Added to that are the recent enforcements of strict “occupancy limits” at truck stops and travel centers, causing drivers to experience lengthy delays when stopping for food or fuel. Twenty-minute stops are often turning into more than two-hour layovers. At Native Pride our team members understand the importance of getting truckers in and out in a timely fashion, even more so at this time. Over the last three weeks, all of our employees— at the fuel pumps, in the kitchen and behind our store registers— have shown a true dedication to efficiently serving truck drivers and getting them back on the road. It’s been demanding work under difficult circumstances, but together, as a team, they’ve done a great job. That kind of resiliency needs to be recognized and giving them this raise is just the right thing to do. I’m fortunate and thankful to be able to do it.”
Native Pride Employees will receive a $2/hour increase, retroactive to March 16th and extending through May 3rd. At that time, the pay increase will be reevaluated relative to the COVID-19 Crisis. Earlier in the week, Seneca announced a free immune booster juice giveaway for all truckers who fuel up at Native Pride. That giveaway will be in effect until April 30th.
Native Pride is open 24-hours, seven days a week. Currently, the diner is serving take-out only. The convenience store is open normal hours.
ABOUT NATIVE PRIDE TRAVEL PLAZA: Native Pride Travel Plaza is conveniently located off Exit 58 on the NYS Thruway I-90 at 11359 Southwestern Blvd in Irving, NY. Officially designated by the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) as an Emergency Stop for travelers, Native Pride offers gas and diesel fuel, DEF, Certified CAT Scales and propane, along with a down-home diner and a 24/7 convenience store offering snacks, drinks, truck products, gift items, tobacco products and a wide variety of CBD & hemp products. Native Pride caters to truck drivers in providing showers, laundry center, lounge, walk-in humidor and ample parking for cars, trucks and semi-trucks.