The federal mediator tasked with ending the three-month strike of FairPoint Communications workers says progress is being made.

Allison Beck’s statement is the first word on negotiations in the three weeks since the federal government began closed-door talks to end the logjam.

More than 1,700 unionized workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike in October after FairPoint froze the pension plan and imposed a new contract that required employees to contribute to their health care for the first time, among other changes.

The unions and company representatives are working under a gag order but collectively said in the statement that they continue to make progress toward a new contract.

The statement says the parties would not comment on the status or substance of the negotiations.