Protect Our Benefits, Inc.
Many people ask, “Just what is Protect Our Benefits, Inc. (POB), and what do its members stand for?” Years ago, our organization was formed by a group of motivated San Francisco retirees, widows/widowers, and disabled retired employees who were ready to fight against a movement that was threatening their pensions and benefits. Many of their goals were similar to those defined in our mission statement: “…to provide CCSF retirees educational information on issues affecting their retirement benefits, principally by acquiring knowledge and then educating its members, as well as public policy makers, on issues concerning both such as current and proposed or pending legislative, administrative or judicial actions that could impact earned benefits.”
We work with our fellow CCSF retirees and their widows/widowers to “…protect their earned healthcare and pension benefits from illegal, unlawful, and inequitable attacks, intrusions, and erosion as a result of legal, administrative, and judicial actions.” We also “…. promote, preserve, and protect the earned retirement rights and benefits of CCSF’s many and varied retired public employee members who are generally senior or older adults of the San Francisco retirement community.”
POB’s Historical Highlights
26 Years of Helping Retirees
POB began in 1998 when a number of CCSF retirees got together for a meeting at Nancy Gin’s home. (Nancy was Chair of the committee.) The purpose of this meeting was to organize a political action committee in order to be a political force at City Hall. John Lehane, Tony Sacco, Gail Wright, and Jean Thomas were present. They conferred with campaign consultant, Tony Fazio, and Dee Hermann, retired City Attorney, for guidance. Their initial meetings were held at the Taraval Police Station meeting room and then moved to Gail Wright’s basement. Barney Crotty, Gerald DeRyan, Tim O’Brien, Leo Martinez, and John Madden were some of the original members.
Protect Our Benefits
*Your donation is tax deductible under state and federal law.
Alternatively, checks can be mailed to:
Protect Our Benefits Trust
P.O. Box 210250
San Francisco, CA 94121-0250
Donor names and information are kept confidential. Donor information is not accessible for public record.
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Participate with Protect Our Benefits
If you are a retiree or beneficiary of the City and County of San Francisco and would like to participate with Protect Our Benefits, please e-mail us at Participate@protectourbenefits.org. Be sure to let us know where you reside and what you are interested in doing. Since POB is an all-volunteer group, please allow a few days for us to respond.