How do I hire a worker?

Hire a Worker from the MLK Jr. Worker Center!
We are open Monday through Saturday 7:00am – 2:00pm.

240 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 234-2043

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I hire a Worker?

It’s easy! Just fill out the form, call us, or come by the MLK Jr. Worker Center when you are ready to start your project. One of our staff members will speak with you about what you need and get you set up with a worker who is qualified for the job.

Looking for something specific? Give us a call a day ahead and we’ll arrange to get you the right person for the job.

How much do I pay?

The hourly wage starts at $17 per hour, however difficult jobs and projects that require greater skill level will be priced higher. We ask for a minimum of 4 hours of work per worker. If your project is too small to meet this minimum, please call us and we can negotiate a price.

If the job you are working on requires heavy lifting or digging, our recommended hourly wage starts at $18 per hour. However, 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?

The day laborers at the MLK Jr Worker Center are men and women of all trades and experiences. They are workers who are committed members of our community and many of them 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: