Statewide labor dispute impacting Cherry Hill road reconstruction

DEARBORN – A statewide labor dispute between a heavy equipment operator union and an organization of road construction contractors is impacting the Cherry Hill reconstruction project in Dearborn, city officials said.

The Cherry Hill project is stalled until the dispute can be resolved, and the city has no authority to intervene, although is monitoring the situation.

In the meantime, the temporary gravel road on Cherry Hill will be maintained and will remain open to local residents. Access to all driveways will be maintained.

No construction activities on Cherry Hill have occurred since September 4.

The city will provide updates as available and will post them on the city website.

The federally funded project is being administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation; however, MDOT cannot intervene in the labor conflict.
The Florence Cement Co., the contractor retained by MDOT, was on schedule to complete all construction activities on Cherry Hill by Oct. 31.
The labor dispute that went into effect on Sept. 4 between the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and Operating Engineers 324 shut down the Cherry Hill reconstruction and major construction projects throughout Michigan, especially those projects involving union employees.