The Center opened in December 2011, about 14 months after the incorporation of Centreville Immigration Forum in October 2010.
Who supports the operation?
Financial support comes from foundations, faith communities, and individual donors who are committed to the mission of the Centreville Immigration Forum. CIF has received a small government grant designated for a family education program, but does not depend upon government funding.
How many workers does the Center serve?
Approximately 200 workers actively seek job opportunities at the Center, with about 20-25 coming on any given day.
Who hires at the Center?
Homeowners, small contractors, and small businesses who need temporary manual labor.
How many employers has the Center served?
Since opening, over 800 people/contractors have hired through our organization.
Are all workers documented?
The Center does not check documentation and serves all residents looking for work, without regard to their legal status. If an employer requires documentation, the persons who fit this job requirement may negotiate for the job.
If I hire and a foreign national does the work, will this be a problem for my security clearance?
Since you will not have a close, ongoing relationship with the person you hire, this should not be a problem. If you have specific concerns, check with your Personnel Security Representative.
Who sets the pay?
Pay is negotiated between the employer and employee. Members of the staff can facilitate but do not control the negotiation. Pay is given directly to the employee, and the Center charges no fees to either party. CIF believes that all workers deserve to be paid fairly for work completed and a worker assembly agreed on a minimum pay rate of $15/hour. The Directiva recommended a $15/hour minimum pay rate.
Is it legal to hire workers without documentation?
Temporary workers (paid less than $600/year) can be hired by an employer without requiring their documents. Regular employees must complete all required federal and state forms, and must be included in their employer’s reporting. Requirements are given to employers who hire at the Center.
Do temporary workers pay taxes?
Many workers file income tax forms with a TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) or with a Social Security number. All workers pay property taxes through their rental agreement, and sales taxes with all purchases.
How do you prevent wage theft?
All employers register at the Center, describe the work to be done, and record the wages agreed upon with the worker. This system allows staff to follow up with any employer who does not pay as planned, and determine the problem. If the work is for any reason not satisfactory, Center staff work to provide satisfaction for all sides. Center staff follow up to determine the level of satisfaction with the job. We have a high percentage of satisfied employers and only a few cases in 6 years where staff had to negotiate pay disputes with employers.
Where does wage theft occur?
Wage theft is endemic for all low-wage workers, and especially for immigrant workers. About 10 years ago, a Fairfax County government study showed that 58% of day laborers regularly experience wage theft, which means loss of some or all pay for work completed. The Labor Resource Center prevents wage theft for jobs negotiated at the Center; the Labor Justice Committee attempts to resolve wage theft cases for jobs obtained outside the Center, “on the corner.”
Do you need volunteers?
Yes! We welcome volunteers with skills in areas of need. Check with our volunteer coordinator for current openings. Email volunteer@CentrevilleLRC.org.