The British Columbian Teachers' Federation could soon be facing more courtroom trouble because of its decision to stage an illegal strike. Earlier today, CKNW reported Sidney lawyer Denis Berntsen announced he was in the process of certifying a class action lawsuit claiming $25 million in damages. And now, Public Eye has learned Bruce Hallsor, who has been the legal mind behind numerous conservative causes across the province, is also preparing class action papers on behalf of British Columbians who are losing employment opportunities and paying childcare fees because of the federation's work stoppage. Mr. Hallsor is also the lawyer for a similar lawsuit being undertaken against the Hospital Employees Union for their illegal strike in 2004. That lawsuit has been partially financed by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. In an interview, Mr. Hallsor said he did not yet know whether the taxpayers would be kicking in any financing towards the lawsuit against teachers. A version of this article was will be published in tomorrow's edition of 24 hours.
October 11, 2005