Labor Ready
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Labor Ready
Subsidiary of TrueBlue Inc
Industry Staffing
Founded 1989
Kent, Washington, U.S.
Founder Glenn Welstad
Headquarters Tacoma, Washington, United States
Number of locations
Area served
  • United States
  • Canada
Key people
  • Steve Cooper, Chairman
  • Patrick Beharelle, CEO
Products Day laborers
Services Recruitment
Number of employees
2,900 (2004)
600,000 temporary employees to jobs in construction, manufacturing, hospitality services, landscaping, warehousing, retail and more.
Parent TrueBlue, Inc.
Footnotes / references

PeopleReady (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. PeopleReady is part of TrueBlue Inc[2] which also includes PeopleScout (RPO and managed services) and PeopleManagement (workforce management). TrueBlue Inc. is a Fortune 1000 American multinational corporation, NYSETBI.[3]

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

Safety record

Company records indicate around 1,000 workers (roughly 1.6% of its claimed more than 600,000 workers) are injured at work every year.[4] According to a 2002 report by the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department, PeopleReady employees are injured at three times the U.S. national average rate. Every year, 25% of PeopleReady employees are injured.[5]

Misclassification of workers

PeopleReady 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.[4][6]

Name change

In 2007, the parent corporation was renamed TrueBlue, Inc. PeopleReady is TrueBlue's flagship brand.[]

Other brands under TrueBlue include CLP (Construction Labor Pool), 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 .
  3. ^ "TrueBlue". Fortune. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b Fleecing the Day-Laborers -- and the Workers' Comp System: The Labor Ready Story Archived 2009-01-03 at the Wayback Machine., Reprinted from Mother Jones.
  5. ^ Bernardo Fallas "Labor Ready's Ethics Questioned By Many," World Internet News Co-Operative, April 20, 2004.
  6. ^ 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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