Negotiators for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the union representing its employees reached tentative agreement early Monday after 17 hours of talks that went past the midnight expiration of their old contract, a spokeswoman said.

No specifics on the agreement, reached at 5 a.m., were released. A ratification vote was scheduled for Tuesday morning, union spokeswoman Susan Seager said.The agreement came after 300 of the Hearst Corp. newspaper's 550 union employees attended an emotion-charged meeting Sunday at a hotel in suburban Commerce, where 252 voted for strike authorization and 48 voted against it, union members said.