Obviously, as with any lockout news, it's "take it with a grain of salt and hope for the best," but Brad Biggs thinks this whole thing might be finally on the way out. According to David Kaplan, the "expectation is for a framework agreement to be put together in about two weeks." And according to Albert Breer, they've been getting their work done via the phone.
With all signs pointing up like this, it's hard to believe that anything could screw up the progress that's been made, but let's not forget when the initial extension was made, how sour everything went immediately afterwards. So pardon me for staying slightly skeptical until ink is put to paper on this.
But maybe, just maybe, Kermit Bye's final words sparked a nerve and a wanting to get this done.