09/19/2011 08:42 EDT | Updated 11/19/2011 05:12 EST

Ontario College Workers Reach Tentative Deal, Back To Work Tuesday

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TORONTO - Striking support workers at Ontario colleges reached a tentative agreement late Sunday night, both sides said in releases.

The employees who have been on picket lines since the start of the month at the province's 24 community colleges will be returning to work this Tuesday.

The deal which must still be ratified was reached following two-days of intensive bargaining by negotiators for management and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

The 8,000 cleaners, food-services staff, registration officers and others at the province's 24 colleges walked off the job Sept. 1.

The talks resumed after the union revised its position on a wage increase and benefits for retirees.

The union had previously been seeking a nine per cent pay increase over three years while management offered 4.75 per cent.