TSA workers face missed paycheck amid government shutdown

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Transportation Security Administration workers in Knoxville are preparing to miss a paycheck this weekend due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.

This will be the first week that TSA officers at McGhee Tyson will go without a paycheck, according to the head of their local union. Most of them typically expect their pay either Saturday or Monday.

There was also a sign of support at the airport on Friday. Food boxes arrived from Second Harvest Food Bank for workers and their families who are, facing tough times amid the government’s ongoing shutdown. 

“I’m a single father. I have one child. He’s 11. So I’m not making the money that I need to support him right now. So I have to live off of what I have saved up and what I am able to keep in my pocket for now,” said TSA officer Scott Thomas. 

These TSA officers are bracing for their first week without a paycheck. 

“In order for them to get paid, they would have had to open things back up by Tuesday, so it’s been a few days, they knew this was coming, but the reality is here now,” said Brian Shoup, the local president of AFGE, or the American Federation of Government Employees.

Shoup says 92 TSA workers at McGhee Tyson are affected.

“Some of us like me are living paycheck to paycheck and we’re kind of reliant on the money that we get to pay bills and provide food and rent and stuff like that,” Thomas said.

Many now hope the end is near and are taking it day by day in the meantime. 

“Hopefully this will end soon, and everybody will get their paychecks. It’s just a day by day thing,” Shoup said.

Shoup said he’s working to get this type of food assistance to TSA officers across the state. The Second Harvest food truck will stay at McGhee Tyson for TSA officers and their families through this weekend.

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