There could be a decision Thursday about whether negotiations between the University of Windsor and CUPE Local 1393 will resume.
Members of the union have been on strike for more than a week.
Bargainers for the university and CUPE spent Wednesday talking with a mediator rather than each other.
They are trying to determine whether there is enough common ground to resume negotiations.
Dean Roy, with the union, said a decision is expected sometime Thursday.
University president Alan Wildeman said his bargaining team is ready to get back to the table.
Meanwhile, negotiations continue between the university and CUPE Local 1001.
Local president Dave Montgomery said there's not much progress to report:
"We're very tired. We asked the employer at 11 p.m., after waiting six hours, 'where's our response?' They said they were printing it," Montgomery told CBC News Wednesday night. "We're exhausted. We've been here since 9 a.m., so we informed the employer we'll be back at 9 a.m. [Thursday], waiting for the response."
Local 1001 represents 300 housekeeping, food services and maintenance staff.
It has set a strike deadline of midnight Sunday if there's no deal in place.