This past week’s effort in Washington D.C. working with the experts of Segal Consulting yielded a very valuable foundation of knowledge to work from for the Negotiating team. This is the beginning of what will most likely be a lengthy data collection and concept development effort, so there is little to report other than the work continues. Your elected representatives have been given an initial briefing on the effort, and will be given a full briefing on our progress at the October MEC Meeting. We still have much to learn, and many questions seeking answers. I encourage those of you with specific concerns to contact your block reps with your questions.