TORONTO - Leaders of a union representing school support workers voted today to accept a tentative contract with the province.

The tentative deal was reached last weekend with the Canadian Union of Public Employees Ontario.

It came just hours before the January 1 deadline allowing the Liberal government to impose contracts on teachers' and school staff.

Union president Fred Hahn says the union's bargaining committee believes the agreement deals with issues that are important to CUPE members and supports services in schools.

CUPE represents about 55,000 workers, including educational assistants, early childhood educators, instructors, custodians, librarians and secretaries.

Hahn says he is recommending the general membership vote to accept the agreement in the coming weeks.