Teachers have been working nearly two months without a labor contract at East Moline’s United Township High School, but administration and union officials say negotiations are still under way.

In a joint letter released Thursday, Superintendent Jay Morrow and teacher Darla Austin, president of the United Township Education Association, said “both parties are hopeful for a resolution that is in the best interests of all parties.”

The teachers’ contract expired Aug. 1, but classes have not been affected.

“The parties have and are continuing to use the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services to assist in the negotiating process,” the letter states. “At this time, both the Board of Education and the United Township Education Association have no additional public comment on the matter.”

This comes as the national spotlight dims on Chicago, where teachers recently ended a labor strike and returned to work.