07/11/2013 03:43 EDT | Updated 09/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia reaches tentative contract deal with 8,000 civil servants

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has reached a tentative labour contract with 8,000 members of the province's civil service.

The workers, members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, include administrative professionals, forest technicians, correctional officers, child-protection workers, food inspectors, fisheries technicians and many other civil servants.

Union representatives negotiated the deal with the province's Public Service Commission.

The union didn't release any details because the agreement must first go to the union membership for a mail-in vote.

The union expects to count the ballots July 29.

The current agreement expired March 31, 2012.