CUPE expresses sympathy to victims of Asiana Airlines crash

CUPE expresses sympathy to victims of Asiana Airlines crash 
OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 07/08/13 -- The Airline division
of the Canadian Union of Public Employees expresses its condolences
to the families of the victims of the recent crash of Asiana Airlines
Flight 214. 
"Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and with all those
who were injured in the crash and we salute the bravery and
professionalism of the crew in this emergency," said Michel
Cournoyer, President of the Airline Division of CUPE. The plane crash
landed on July 6 at the San Francisco airport. 
Cournoyer congratulated the flight attendants and passengers who
worked together to get passengers to safety and the first responders
on the scene. 
"In an emergency situation, everyone plays a role in ensuring
passenger safety. We want to congratulate everyone who worked
together to ensure that so many passengers were able to get to safety
so quickly," said Cournoyer. 
Flight attendants in Canada are watching closely to learn more about
the role of flight attendants, since our federal government has
recently agreed to lower the ratio of flight attendants in Canada.  
"We'll be watching closely to learn from this crash and apply those
lessons here at home. The ratio of one flight attendant for every 40
passengers is crucial. In an emergency situation every second counts.
As safety professionals, flight attendants are the first line of
defense when things go wrong on an aircraft," said Cournoyer.
Mario Emond
CUPE Media Relations
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