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A Canadian flag flies near an under-construction LCBO store in Bowmanville, Ont. on Saturday July 20, 2013.

Doug Ives/The Canadian Press

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and its workers have struck a tentative labour pact, averting a strike set to begin early Monday.

The agreement was signed shortly after the strike deadline passed, and was announced in a release from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

Union president Warren "Smokey" Thomas said details of the accord would not be released before union members have a chance to examine it over the next few days.

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A ratification vote has not yet been scheduled, but Thomas said the union's bargaining team is unanimously recommending members accept the deal. From there, it would go to the LCBO board and the provincial government for ratification.

The agreement was negotiated with the help of a mediator.

The 8,000 unionized LCBO workers have been without a contract since March 31, and voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike in April.

The LCBO had extended store hours for its outlets the past couple of days to allow customers more time to stock up in case there was a job action.

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