By Keith Laing - 10/15/12 06:16 PM EDT
"I wish to commend the parties for their hard work and commitment to this process," Cohen said in a statement. "The parties are making good progress on a number of difficult issues at the full committee and subcommittee levels.”
Cohen said the FMCS could not reveal further details about the talks "due to the sensitive nature of these high profile negotiations."
Groups representing the retail industry have cheered the extension of the negotiations beyond the original Oct. 1 deadline.