Two sides have reached verbal agreement on many of the once-thorny contract issues.
University administrators want to end a five-day-old strike at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
It was not immediately clear how many members of the Faculty Association union participated in the walkout. That union represents roughly 650 employees.
Members of the faculty association plan to strike if a contract settlement isn’t reached.
Construction is expected to begin as soon as blueprints are drawn up and approved by the city.