||Dear Labor Ready, Inc.
Today, three national organizations,
the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), the National Day Laborer
Organizing Network (NDLON) and the North American Alliance for Fair
Employment (NAFFE) mark their entry into the campaign to clean up the day
labor industry. Of particular concern to you are our actions in more than 35
centers across the United States that challenge Labor Ready to treat day
Specifically, together with the national organizations mentioned, we are
concerned with Labor Ready’s business model that seems to encourage branch
managers to cut corners. Around the country workers complain about fees
charged to cash checks, for transportation and for safety equipment. They
also complain about long waiting times and unpaid labor.
Several organizations are meeting state attorneys general to urge
investigations of wage and hour violations at Labor Ready branches.
Recently the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a charge in
Memphis (TN) alleging discrimination against certain full-time employees
of the corporation. Additionally, there is concern about Labor Ready’s
worker compensation liability, especially as it appears that the
corporation is essentially self insured.
Until Labor Ready applies basic standards of fairness for its workers,
challenges from community and labor organizations, like the hundreds
represented by NCH, NDLON, and NAFFE, will continue to grow. As a
corporation generating a scant 1% in profits, Labor Ready can ill-afford
the public and legal scrutiny its abusive practices generate. We therefore
call on you to pay close attention to Labor Ready’s management and labor
practices. We urge you to use your power to change the corporation, or to
divest from it if change is not possible. We look forward to hearing from
you regarding this matter.
North American Alliance for Fair Employment