Following an all-night bargaining session, negotiators with the University of Illinois and the union representing graduate workers on the Urbana campus have reached a tentative contract agreement.
The Graduate Employees' Organization - or GEO - announced the news on social media earlier Thursday.
A second ratification vote set for Friday could end the 11-day strike.
Speaking on "The 21st," GEO co-president Marilia Correa says she was happy to hear the news.
"I trust our bargaining team, if they think it's worth it calling a GEO general membership meeting, I'm really happy about it - and we can close this chapter in the GEO's history."
No details of the agreement have been released. The GEO tweeted that pickets for Thursday were suspended. But, if the contract is not ratified, the strike will continue.