The Voice of the Teachers
Since 1972

Welcome to the Hammond Teachers Federation Local 394 website!

Dear Hammond Teacher,

Welcome to the School City of Hammond! Your presence in the classroom will enhance our ability to provide an optimum opportunity for teaching and learning for our students. The Hammond Teachers’ Federation represents all Hammond teachers—we are the legally empowered bargaining agent and have served in that capacity since 1972.

In Hammond we practice the politics of collaboration. Now more than ever, due to regressive legislation passed in the General Assembly, it is imperative that we maintain that philosophy. Essentially that means that the role of the bargaining agent is to work diligently to empower classroom teachers in the decision-making process. This process will be self-evident as the year progresses.

Today you are receiving a packet of information regarding AFT membership. The packet includes specific financial benefits as well as professional liability insurance. We live in a litigious society and teachers are being sued on a regular basis. In this packet is a payroll deduction membership form. We are asking you to join Local 394. By signing this form, you immediately become a member in good standing and eligible for all benefits of the Hammond Teachers’ Federation.

Local 394 is very politically active. We support candidates and we lobby the Indiana General Assembly. Federal and state law prohibit the use of membership dues for this purpose; therefore, we have established a Committee on Political Education (C.O.P.E.) Attached you will find a payroll deduction form for C.O.P.E. A donation of $1.00 over twenty-six paychecks represents your total contribution to this effort.

Federation membership meetings take place on the first Monday of each month at 3:45 at the Area Career Center’s Professional Development Center on Sohl Avenue. Each school building has an HTF building representative who will assist you as you begin your career in Hammond as well as represent you in matters of professional concern. You can learn more about Local 394 at


Louis P. Gikas

President, HTF Local 394

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