How do I hire a worker?

COVID-19 HIRING UPDATE:

We are continuing to dispatch our workers to jobs, as long as we feel confident work can be completed in a manner that complies with current COVID-19 health guidelines.

We have many workers who are ready to help and are looking forward to the opportunity to go to work!

Need an extra hand for your next project and want to support the economic empowerment of immigrants and day laborers? Hire through Voz Workers' Rights and Education Project!

Voz operates the MLK Jr. Worker Center, the only nonprofit worker center in Oregon. The Center does not take any commission or fee and all of what you pay goes directly to the worker. Employers who hire with us make the choice to pay a living wage and to further our mission to end exploitation among day laborers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I hire a Worker?

It's easy to hire a worker! When you’re ready to start your project,

If you’re looking for something specific, please give us a call ahead of time, so we can ensure you get the right person for the job.

How much do I pay?

The hourly wage depends on a number of details, such as the type of work, the worker’s experience, and if a greater skill is required level. We ask for a minimum of 4 hours of work per worker.

If the job you are working on requires heavy lifting or digging, our recommended hourly wage is $20 per hour. Our moving rates are $20-25/hr depending on the technical requirements of the job. (See the full list of wage rates here.)

For any job requiring skilled labor (carpentry, painting, landscaping, etc.), we ask for at least $20 per hour depending on the skill level of the worker and the difficulty level of the work.

You pay the worker directly when the job is finished. We do not take any commission or fee. All of what you pay goes directly to the worker.

Do I have to pick up the worker?

If you are unable to come by the Worker Center, workers can be sent via the bus or MAX. Additionally, a few of our workers have their own transportation. Still, the easiest way to hire workers is to come and pick them up at the Worker Center.

Why hire through the Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center?

The Martin Luther King Jr. Worker Center is the only nonprofit worker center in Oregon. We are committed to finding qualified workers for the job, and advocating for a safe working environment and fair wages. All of the day laborers who use the Worker Center have made a choice to contribute to the Portland community by seeking work in an organized, respectful manner. Employers who hire with us make the choice to pay a living wage and to further our mission to end exploitation among day laborers. Thank you for hiring through the MLK Jr. Worker Center!

Who are the workers?

Our workers are men and women of all trades and experiences who are committed to the Voz values of honesty, respect, teamwork, discipline, commitment, and solidarity. All have completed an extensive two-day orientation and many are engaged in the leadership of our organization.

​Terms for Hire

Voz Workers' Rights Education Project is NOT AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY, LABOR STAFFING COMPANY, NOR THE EMPLOYER OF WORKERS SEEKING JOBS IN THE COMMUNITY. Voz is a nonprofit charitable organization providing a resource for workers in the community to learn job skills, protect their legal rights, foster education, self-sufficiency, assimilation, and citizenship.

Persons employing workers for commercial activities should have Workers Compensation insurance. Individuals using workers for non-business labor such as home repairs, gardening, general cleanup, or painting of owned residential primarily occupied property are generally exempt from Workers Compensation requirements.

Questions or concerns should be referred to your insurance, tax, and legal advisers.

Those hiring workers from MLK Jr. Worker Center site, will be asked to sign off on the following agreements:

Voz Workers' Rights Education Project and the MLK Jr. Worker Center is not an employment agency and therefore: