BANGOR — A looming lock-out of nurses and a strike at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor has been averted.

The nurses announced late Thursday that the planned May 5 strike had been called off and a vote on the proposed contract will be held on May 3.

A notice issued by the medical center said preparation for a five-day nurses lock-out that had been scheduled to begin the same day as the strike had been halted.

The Bangor Daily News is reporting the proposed one-year contract addresses nurses’ major issues on staffing, job security and health benefits.

The 830 nurses at Eastern Maine Medical had been working without a contract since September.

The main sticking point between the two sides had been staffing issues.