CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A Tennessee Valley Authority engineers' union called the release of employee salaries to the Chattanooga Times Free Press Thursday "an unjust action" which could hurt TVA and its workers.

The Times Free Press asked for the publicly available information from TVA in December similar to requests the newspaper has made for employee salaries of other governmental agencies in Tennessee.

After TVA informed its employees it was releasing the pay data, several union leaders and TVA employees complained that disclosing the pay of the 12,800 TVA workers unnecessarily invades their privacy.

"[We] can find no reasonable justification for publishing this data other than to further perpetuate the false and misleading, yet brutal, attack on federal workers and their unions," Gay Henson, local president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, said in a statement.

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