Labor Ready

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Labor Ready
Subsidiary of TrueBlue
Industry Professional services
Founded Kent, Washington 1989
Founder Glenn Welstad
Headquarters Tacoma, Washington, United States
Number of locations
Area served
United States, Canada
Key people
Steve Cooper, CEO and Director; Joseph Sambataro, Jr., Chairman of the Board
Products Temporary/contingent labor
Services Employment agencies, recruiting, human resource consulting, outsourcing, day labor
Number of employees
3,200 (as of 2013 annual report) full-time and 350,000 temporary
Parent TrueBlue

Labor Ready, one of the TrueBlue service lines, serves more than 130,000 [1] companies each year as a dependable source of labor. Labor Ready serves customers in various industries, including construction, auto, hospitality/events, waste, restoration, manufacturing, retail and logistics.

Founded in 1989 in Kent, Washington by Glenn Welstad and two partners, Labor Ready has 600 locations in all 50 states and Canada.


In 1989, Labor Ready was founded in Kent, Washington by Glen Welstad. The company was a small operation, with a goal to ease the stress of fluctuating business needs by providing dependable temporary labor. Over time, the company grew to have offices in all 50 states and Canada. Canadian offices were opened in 1994.[2]

Until 2007, Labor Ready served as both a brand and the name of the parent company. In 2007, the parent corporation was renamed TrueBlue, Inc. to reflect the expanding family of brands. The company remained headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. At this time, the company also became traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TBI.

Facts About Working For Labor Ready [3][edit]

Labor Ready employs temporary workers of various skill levels for a diverse range of jobs. Each of these workers is provided with basic safety education and equipment. All workers are matched to the best job for them based on skill level and the jobs available that day.

Transportation is the responsibility of the worker. If a worker doesn’t have transportation, Labor Ready tries to provide an assignment close to the office or on a bus route.

Workers do not have to wait at an office to be sent on an assignment and/or receive payment. Texting dispatch is available as well as direct deposit or a pay card.

Wages are paid according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or applicable state law. Overtime is paid for hours worked over 40 in one week or as required by law. In addition, meal and break period are provided as required by state laws.

TrueBlue, Inc.[edit]

TrueBlue, Inc. is the parent company of Labor Ready, CLP Resources, Spartan Staffing, Centerline, PlaneTechs, Staff Management|SMX, StudentScout, TrueBlue Energy & Industrial, TrueBlue Hospitality, PeopleScout and hrX.[4]

TrueBlue is a leading staffing, recruiting and workforce management company. The company assigns as many as 100,000 people to work each day and places more than 250,000 people in permanent positions each year.[5]

The company is an IMAGE partner with Immigration and Customs Enforcement [6] and has been repeatedly recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s “Most Trustworthy Companies” in recognition of its solid corporate governance and accounting transparency.[7][8]


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