Two sides have reached verbal agreement on many of the once-thorny contract issues.
SIUC Faculty Association remain on the picket lines.
It was not immediately clear how many members of the Faculty Association union participated in the walkout. That union represents roughly 650 employees.
The deal doesn’t include wage increases for workers hired more than six years ago.
The St. Louis Cardinals and representatives for Albert Pujols have agreed to a 24-hour extension to reach a new contract out of respect for Stan Musial.
As the clock continues to click toward the first day of spring training, the issue isn’t who looks good in Jupiter or who impressed the manager with the first rounds of catch.