***Below please see a press release regarding the litigation for health insurance.
Release to Members Of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 and Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2014
The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 and the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 are pleased to have resolved a dispute with the City of Indianapolis regarding public safety employee health insurance benefits. Through significant joint effort and collaboration, both sides have been able to come together to settle this matter in the best interests of the taxpayers and the men and women who serve this great City.
The City has agreed to honor the existing collective bargaining agreements and retain the insurance plan offerings and the HMO it had previously offered its employees through 2016. Yet through a phased in approach, the City will be able to propose and implement a fair transition towards consumer driven health insurance offerings in the future.
In short, the settlement with the City provides as follows: 1. In 2015, the city would retain the Advantage HMO plan, the Advantage CDHP and the Anthem CDHP. The 2015 plans would include the following provisions: 2. All members on a consumer driven high deductible plan would pay 10% of the total cost for 2015 and the city would pay 90% 3. All members on a HMO would pay 15% of the total cost for 2015 and the city would pay 85% 4. The City will make HSA Contributions for all members on a consumer driven high deductible plan for 2015: a. Single employees on a consumer driven high deductible plan will have $1,000 placed into their account at the first of the year b. Non-single employees on a consumer driven high deductible plan will have $2,000 placed into their account at the first of the year c. Both single and non-single employees will be able to earn the remaining $250 or $500 at the first of the year through a physical with biometric screening and a health risk assessment in the prior calendar year. Member who failed to obtain a physical in the previous calendar year can receive the same benefit following such an exam in the current calendar year. 5. The city will contribute HSA funds to those police and fire pre-65 retirees on the Advantage or Anthem CDHP, as determined by the FOP and Local 416’s respective RHIF committees. 6. The City will provide onsite clinics available to members on the consumer driven high deductible plans only. 7. Any member hired/starting on or after 1/1/15 will be automatically enrolled in the Anthem consumer driven high deductible plan. 8. During 2015 as the City negotiates health insurance plan design and cost adjustments for 2016, if the HMO plan increases by more than 8.0% from the immediately preceding year (after any plan design adjustment) the City has the right to eliminate the HMO and any other fully insured plan and move to a full consumer driven high deductible plan self-funded plan design. 9. In 2016, those members on a consumer driven high deductible plan would have the premium split changed from 90% employer and 10% employee to 87% employer and 13% employee. 10. In 2016, the premium split for HMO members will remain 85% employer and 15% employee. The ability of the City, FOP 86, and Local 416 to come together and solve this disagreement, prior to extensive litigation, demonstrates what the City and our organizations can accomplish when they work together. We hope that we can all continue to build from this mutual success and work together as we continue to serve and protect the citizens of Indianapolis.
William Owensby Mike Reeves President, FOP 86 President, Professional Firefighter Local 416
***Additionally, we have requested up-to-date premium costs from the City. As you recall our previous email indicated a significant increase for HSA premiums (over 100%) in 2015, this will not be the case now. We are expecting an approximate 4%-7% increase to current premiums for 2015. As soon as we have the corrected information we will forward it out.
If you have any questions feel free to call the Hall at 262-5161
Indy Library Adds Local Firefighting Photos to Digital Collection
Harold Adkinson (1906-1944) was a life-long resident of Indianapolis and a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. He joined the Fire Department in 1934 and was eventually assigned to Station #12 on Sherman Drive.
On December 16, 1944, Adkinson was part of a crew on a routine test run of Engine #20. The vehicle apparently slid on some ice and ran into a car, overturning the engine. Chauffeur Hubert S. Toombs died at the scene and Adkinson, who was standing on the back step of the engine, was thrown from the vehicle. He died from his injuries five days later.
Mr. Adkinson's interest in the fire department extended to amassing a sizeable collection of photographs and other documents relating to the Indianapolis Fire Department. After his death, his family donated his collection of over 900 photos to the Indiana State Library. These historic photographs, dating from 1874-1939, include images of trucks and other vehicles, fire stations, group photos, fire scenes, and daily life.
new images come from the photo collection of early 20th century
Indianapolis firefighter Harold Brown Adkinson which resides at the Indiana
State Library. The Adkinson photos have been incorporated into the Library's
digital library of over 2,100 historic firefighting images that include local
African-American firefighters and scenes from such tragic events as the
Bowen-Merrill fire of 1890, the Coliseum explosion in 1963, and the Grant
building fire in 1973. Click HERE to view more photos.
You can purchase your copy of First In Last Out - A History of Firefighting Fire in Indianapolis on-line at WFYI's website for $20 plus shipping and handling. You can also pick up a copy at the Union Hall for $20.
The phoenix is a fabled bird in ancient mythology. It is said that the bird is consumed by fire and that it then arises from its ashes renewed. The dramatic rebirth of the phoenix from its own ashes has made it a symbol of immortality and spiritual rebirth. This mythical bird is represented on each firefighter's badge and on many firefighting emblems.
The layout of the memorial plaza begins at the main doors of the firehouse. Those doors are flanked by two complete stone columns. To the left of the doors is a series of stone columns similar to those standing at the firehouse. These columns differ, however, in that they are each broken and moving in a descending spiral. On the columns are carved the names of the individuals who gave their lives in service to their community. At the apex of the spiral is a raised platform set above the surrounding plane. From this platform bursts a new column in the process of being hewn from the living stone. Near the top of the column are abstract carvings of flames that evolve into a three dimensional representation of fire. The carving then transforms into the plumage of the rising mythical bird, the phoenix.
The Plaza area is lined with a Memorial Brick Walkway where you can immortalize your family, business, organization, society, fire station, department, etc. Your commemorative brick will be engraved with your inscription for years to come. The cost is only $50 for 2-lines or $55 for 3-lines; maximum 14 characters per line. All proceeds go the Firefighters Museum & Memorial. CLICK HERE to download your order-form
In 2008, Local 416 approached the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library to ask for advice in preserving the thousands of photographs, logbooks, and other artifacts that were slowly deteriorating in the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum. A partnership was formed between the Museum, IUPUI University Library, and IMCPL, with funding from CICF to digitize these items and make them available online to the public. To see the project, click here.