Labor Ready

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TrueBlue Inc.
Traded as NYSETBI
S&P 600 Component
People Ready
Subsidiary of TrueBlue
Industry Employment services
Founded Kent, Washington, 1989
Founder Glenn Welstad
Headquarters Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
Number of locations
Area served
United States, Canada
Key people
Robert J. (Bob) Sullivan, Chairman
Steve Cooper, CEO and Director
Products Temporary workers for manual day labor
Services Temporary employment
Number of employees
2,900 (2004)
600,000 temporary employees to jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality services, landscaping, warehousing, retail and more.
Parent TrueBlue
Footnotes / references

People Ready (formerly known as Labor Ready), based in Tacoma, Washington, is an American temporary employment agency that specializes in day labor for construction industry, and light industry. People Ready is part of TrueBlue[2] which also includes CLP,[3] Spartan Staffing,[4] Plane Techs,[5] and Centerline Drivers.[6] TrueBlue is a public company, NYSETBI.

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

Safety record[edit]

Company records indicate around 10,000 workers (roughly 1.6% of its claimed more than 600,000 workers) are injured at work every year.[7] According to a 2002 report by the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, Labor Ready employees are injured at three times the U.S. national average rate. Every year, 25% of Labor Ready employees are injured.[8]

Misclassification of workers[edit]

Labor Ready has come under fire for misclassifying workers (for example, as clerical rather than construction), which has resulted in the company paying less money (and in some states, nothing at all) into state workers' compensation funds than would otherwise be required. It has also been alleged that this conduct is systematic and intentional.[7][9]

Name change[edit]

In 2007, the parent corporation was renamed TrueBlue, Inc. to reflect the company’s expanding family of brands. It changed its corporate headquarters web address to, and its stock ticker to TBI. Labor Ready remains TrueBlue's flagship brand.

Other brands under TrueBlue include CLP, Spartan Staffing, PlaneTechs, TransTechs, Centerline, Seaton, SMX, Staff Management, and Peoplescout.


  1. ^ "TrueBlue, Inc. Company Information". Hoovers. 
  2. ^ "Specialized Workforce Solutions". TrueBlue. 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  3. ^ "Construction Jobs | Construction Staffing | Industrial Staffing | Industrial Jobs". Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Manufacturing and Logistics Jobs and Temporary Staffing". Spartan Staffing. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Aviation Jobs - Maintenance - Staffing & Recruiting". PlaneTechs. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Professional Drivers You Can Count On". Centerline Drivers. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  7. ^ a b Fleecing the Day-Laborers -- and the Workers' Comp System: The Labor Ready Story, Reprinted from Mother Jones.
  8. ^ Bernardo Fallas "Labor Ready's Ethics Questioned By Many," World Internet News Co-Operative, April 20, 2004.
  9. ^ New Report by Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO Shows Labor Ready Workers Comp Misclassification Widespread, Long-Term. PR Newswire, May 28, 2002.

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