Is it true that UFF prevents deans from giving out raises?

No.  In addition to the 9% and 12% raises negotiated to accompany promotion to associate and full professor, there are at least three ways in which faculty can receive raises: through across-the-board cost-of-living increases given to all faculty, through merit pay based on review by one’s peers within one’s department or unit, and at the discretion of the administration.  (Market equity adjustments are another way that negotiated raises might be awarded.) UFF-FSU polls of faculty consistently reveal that faculty prefer the first two means over the third: Across-the-board raises benefit all equally, and merit-based increases are dependent on evaluation by those who best understand the value of one’s work, but raises given solely at the discretion of the administration may be used capriciously to reward “favorites” without respect for meritorious performance.

That said, UFF recognizes that deans require a certain amount of discretion to respond to extraordinary situations in which a salary increase is mandated.  These are specified in Article 23, Section 9 of the CBA as occurring when a dean makes a counter-offer, when a faculty member receives an endowed/named chair, when a faculty member performs extraordinary accomplishments, when the increase is part of an equity adjustment to rectify salary inversion or compression, or when a faculty member has increased duties and responsibilities.  The CBA allows the University to spend up to 0.5% of the annual payroll on these “Administrative Discretionary Increases.”  During the fiscal year encompassing academic year 2009-10, for example, the administration awarded over $500,000 in Administrative Discretionary Increases under Article 23, Section 9.

In short, UFF does not oppose the administration raising salaries, however we feel that if funds exist for substantial raises these should be administered either across-the-board or through transparent, peer-review based systems or other systematic mechanisms that provide a substantial role for faculty influence, and not according to the fiat of individual administrators.