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CUNY Employee Complains About Making $100K For Doing Nothing

CUNY Employee Complains About Making $100K For Doing Nothing

“Sometimes I’ve fallen asleep,” he said. “It just happens.”

What a horrible problem this man has. Isn’t this a little embarrassing for City University of New York?

The New York Post reports:

CUNY staffer complains about earning $100K for ‘zero work’

He gets paid nearly $100,000 a year by CUNY, but has “zero work” to do — and he’s sick of it.

Harendra “Harold” Sirisena was director of the bursar’s office at the New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn for eight years, responsible for all financial matters, including tuition collection, payroll and bank deposits.

But in 2003, without any explanation, he was suddenly replaced by a young office assistant and reduced to a menial biller.

His sole assigned task — plugging names onto form letters — takes up an average 30 days a year, he estimates, leaving him idle for 171 days, or 86 percent of his time.

“I long for the opportunity to earn my salary,” he told The Post.

For the past 13 years, Sirisena has collected his full $96,000 paycheck, more than $1 million in all.

But he has spent most of that time in isolated cubicles — listening to music, watching cricket or soccer games on his computer and doing math problems — or feeding the birds and squirrels at a nearby park.

“Sometimes I’ve fallen asleep,” he said. “It just happens.”

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Actually this makes sense for him to complain. He is of the generation that longs to be USEFUL, to be needed to do something of value to society.

It’s a mindset that I’ve seen in some of my elder clients (especially the WWII Generation). It’s always why I have a discussion with my Estate Planning clients to say: “What is your plan for retirement? You need to have something lined up to start about 6 months after you retire to take the place of the job you’re doing now. Don’t think you’ll figure it out AFTER you retire. That is a recipe for depression for about 6 to 18 months while you figure out why you should bother to get out of bed every morning.”

For whatever reason, CUNY has sidelined him. That may be for one or several reasons: likely because he’s old enough that they can’t just fire him, possibly because it’s cheaper to keep him on the payroll than for him to start to draw pension payments depending on his years of service and the exact agreement of his hiring. Possibly he has a retention clause in whatever agreement he made with CUNY to be originally hired, which cannot be broken for some contractual reason.

CUNY needs to find something USEFUL for him to do. It shouldn’t be that difficult. Give him a budgeting-planning project to write a proposal for one of the departments in how to save 20% on costs while still maintaining the same level of services and classes offered. When he’s done with that, have him start on the next department.

I think after this dude might b filing unemployment…if I trashed my company name to a news outlet I’d b fired as well…he was ineffective, period
Former student @ citytech

Yeah he messed up tuition payments I paid out of pocket MANY TIMES