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National President Paul Moist, on behalf of the over 600,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, is offering the deepest condolences to the families of the 12 crew and passengers lost in the crash of First Air flight 6560 in Resolute, Nunavut.

 “We are truly heartbroken by this tragedy. The thoughts and prayers of all CUPE members are with the families mourning the loss of loved ones,” said Moist.

CUPE represents First Air flight attendants, and lost Sisters Ann-Marie Chassie and Ute Merritt in the crash. Pilot Captain Blair Rutherford, also lost in the crash, is survived by Tatiana Rutherford, the secretary-treasurer of the CUPE First Air Component.

This tragedy has touched us all deeply. I want the families to know CUPE members from coast-to-coast-to-coast are thinking of them during this difficult time,” said Moist.