Negotiators for the Chicago Sun-Times and its editorial employees were making a last-minute effort Monday to avert a strike against the city's second-largest newspaper.

Union leaders met late Sunday and agreed to accept a company proposal for a bargaining session this morning."We'll keep negotiating until we have a settlement or until we hit the strike deadline, and then we're out of there," said Shane Gericke, a copy editor and member of the negotiating committee for the Chicago Newspaper Guild, which represents 250 reporters, editors, photographers and support staff.

Gericke said negotiators have agreed on a time for walking out in the absence of a settlement, but he declined to specify the hour.