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Cape Breton University and its faculty association have worked out a tentative collective agreement. (Cape Breton University)

Cape Breton University and its faculty association have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract.

The university announced the development late Tuesday night.

The Cape Breton University Faculty Association represents 166 staff members that includes professors, lab assistants, librarians and researchers.

Negotiations between the two groups has been rocky.

In the fall, the Cape Breton University Faculty Association voted 92 per cent in favour of strike action. Contract negotiations continued despite the vote, but talks eventually stalled in December.

The union still had concerns about work load and pay.

It's not clear if those issues have been addressed in this new collective agreement.

The tentative agreement needs to be ratified by union members and Cape Breton University's board of governors.