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Managers clear air with federal workers at 'sick' building

The federal government has told employees at the Terrasses de la Chaudière office complex in Gatineau that it's making good on its promise to improve air quality there.

Employees at Terrasses de la Chaudière in Gatineau have complained office air making them sick

Workers at the Terrasses de la Chaudière complex in Gatineau have complained the air inside their offices is making them sick. (Radio-Canada)

The federal government has told employees at the Terrasses de la Chaudière office complex in Gatineau that it's making good on its promise to improve air quality there.

The update came Wednesday after numerous complaints from employees who said the air in their offices was making them feel sick. Last month the government was ordered to address the issue.

Radio-Canada was not allowed into the meeting with about 200 employees, but Andrew Shaver, a vice-president with the Union of National Employees, said the session was a good start.

"It is very positive to have a very transparent form of communication to open up this kind of forum to all staff," he said.

There are also bats in the building.

Shaver said senior managers, including some deputy ministers, promised major improvements by early next year. 

"I can understand there is a pressure to act as quickly as possible, but government contracts are government contracts and they don't necessarily get signed in a month," he said.

With files from Radio-Canada