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A tentative agreement has been reached ending the longest lockout in Prince Edward Island history. After a difficult round of bargaining, a deal was hammered out today.

While details of the agreement have not yet been released, the union is recommending ratification.

The lockout, which began May 29, 2002, saw five women who worked at the Southern Kings group home in Montague forced to walk the picket line for more than a year in order to earn as much as workers performing the same role for the same agency in Charlottetown, 40 kilometres away.

A meeting that had been called for June 11 to plan escalating actions in support of the striking sisters has been cancelled.