With the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) still without a new contract, the two sides say they will bring in a mediator to help them work through negotiations.
CTU's contact with the district expired on June 30.
"It's one of those things that the parties do when you don't have a contract done, by law," CTU attorney Robert Bloch said of mediation, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We could settle through mediation, that could get it done."
The move to bring in a mediator comes after CPS took a one-year teachers contract proposal off the table last week and announced it would seek a longer labor agreement with the CTU.
"We continue to look forward to productive conversations as we work toward an agreement that protects our classrooms, our teachers' pensions and the taxpayers," a CPS spokeswoman said. "Mediation is often productive in helping parties bridge their disagreements."
Mediation is among the things that have to happen before a teachers strike could take place.