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UMass Amherst Furloughs Non-Faculty Employees For 5 Days

An entrance to UMass Amherst. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)
An entrance to UMass Amherst. (Deborah Becker/WBUR)

University of Massachusetts Amherst is furloughing non-faculty employees for five days to address budget shortfalls, the school said Tuesday.

The university announced an agreement with three unions Tuesday that also offers employees buyouts.

As a result of closing campus due to COVID-19, UMass Amherst is projecting a $40 million deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30.

That amount does not take into account $18 million of federal relief authorized by Congress. The university must use $9 million to help students affected by COVID-19, but it can use the rest of the money to offset costs incurred in closing campus.

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