There was the daily hiring hall, which places at least 6,000 workers in jobs a year.
A local church has offered to serve as a temporary hiring hall for the workers, whose numbers sometimes reach 300 a day.
A proposal that would have banned open-air hiring halls here failed earlier this year.
The men who come to the hiring halls are known by the cards they carry.
And many of the 274 men who gathered at the grimy cinder-block hiring hall here this morning were worried about the new system.
I should open my own hiring hall and live on commissions.
Laid-off miners often drink their pay, she said, and are left without even the $2 bus fare to the hiring halls.
That's an outdoor hiring hall, commonly associated with migrant farmworkers.
Anything like an outdoor hiring hall, they say, would only condone an illegal economy and invite more immigrants.
The old hiring hall in the basement is occupied by two restaurants.