According to a statement from Frostburg State University officials are pleased to announce that AFSCME Local 239 has agreed with FSU regarding temporary pay reductions to address a budget shortfall. As a result of this agreement, FSU will avert layoffs. Notices issued Oct. 21 to 12 AFSCME-represented employees will be rescinded. “FSU appreciates AFSCME’s advocacy on behalf of its member employees and is grateful that we can now move forward from this point,” said Leon Wyden, FSU’s vice president for Administration and Finance. The agreement addresses the budget shortfall amount AFSCME-represented employees were asked to meet as part of the overall salary reduction plan. In a counter to the University’s proposal, the latest salary-reduction percentages proposed by AFSCME were accepted by the University. AFSCME-represented employees will receive additional information on the agreement from HR in the coming days.