Need help? First Workers, the City of Austin Day Labor Center, is here to help. Open six days a week and offering quick drive-through service, First Workers' can provide you with laborers skilled in a variety of trades.
Request a worker online here. Online requests received after 12 noon on Monday through Friday will be handled the following business day. For worker requests after 12 noon, please call the center directly at 453-3776 or 453-3690.
First Workers' success over the years is directly tied to community support and a demand for services provided through the program. In Fiscal Year 2013, the program placed more than 17,000 jobs for day laborers, a 27% increase since Fiscal Year 2011. The estimated economic value to day laborers and the Austin economy is approximately $1 million annually.
The First Workers’ Day Labor Center is a great resource for citizens, contractors, and business owners who need workers for a few hours, a day or longer. It is a safe place where customers and day laborers can come together and exchange day labor work for pay in a well organized and supervised environment.
Full-time, bilingual staff manage and operate the Center. Customers and workers are provided with direct assistance to help facilitate the hiring process. There is no paperwork for employers to fill out and no fee charged to anyone for this service. Employers can also call ahead to request a specific worker with whom they have worked previously or request a worker online.
The center has plenty of laborers available every morning ready to go to work. Many of the workers possess skills in carpentry, painting, roofing, tile work and many other areas. The Center also provides a good base of non-skilled laborers to help fill employers’ needs. English-speaking, Spanish-speaking and bilingual workers are available. Hourly rates and job specifics or requirements are negotiated between employers and workers.