McKinney: Maybe concession failure will be catalyst for labor changes

Has the apparent failure of the state employee concession deal created a new political environment for labor isuses?

Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, R-Fairfield, sounds like he wants to find out during a special session anticipated for next week.

He said Republicans would try to raise collective bargaining changes at any special session, seeking a vote to eliminate longevity payments and explore whether retirement rules could be change to bar overtime pay from pension calculations.

“We will talk about that,” McKinney said. “I would like to talk to the majority about some of these structural changes. I am not being naïve. They are very difficult to do politically. They are also difficult to do legally.”