A PLATFORM FOR CHANGE
Facts about Russ Burns and Four M
Russ Burns goes hunting with the Owner Monte Molinia in Colorado.
Monte Molina's cousin is Sacramento District Rep. Rob Carrion. Rob
Carrion has never worked in the field as an Operating Engineer.
Monte Monlina has a private work agreement that is active in all 46
Northern California Counties. This Agreement has the lowest wages
and fringe benefits in all of Local 3. We have been told by an
employee working under the Agreement a Finish Blade Operator makes
less than $25 an hour. No Annuity, No Vacation pay, No
apprenticeship. It only pays into Health and Welfare and Pension.
Private work Agreements are supposed to be only in outline districts
that do not have market share, so Union contractors can compete
against the Non Union. Private work Agreements are supposed to be
approved by the Market Geographical Committee. This Agreement was
never approved by any Committee.
In 2016, Four M Contracting was awarded a Public Works project at
the Yuba Gold Fields. Many Union Contractors bid on the same
In 2016, A special supplement to the Four M Contracting's Master
Agreement called a MOU( Memorandum of Understanding) that among
other things, set the prevailing rate for pull scrapers at group 8A
instead of group 4. A difference of $7.08 an hr. for those pieces of
equipment pictured below.
03.06.03 of the California Master Agreement says (paraphrase) If you
give one contractor conditions more favorable you have to give it to
them all! This MOU can be used to change prevailing rate for all
We have asked and been promised by Russ Burns to be able to inspect
the Four M Contracting Agreements including the MOU. Unfortunately,
he has never gotten back to us with any dates. It's been over a