A cost of living adjustment is not a raise. It should be automatic. Readers should write their elected state representatives and ask them to change the laws pertaining to the "UnCOLA."
If the COLA were automatically passed on to teachers, we (teachers) would have no great issue at the present time. The Fresno Unified School District takes the UnCOLA and draws interest on it while the bargaining continues. Pass a law that the interest goes to the teachers and this would be settled overnight.
Keep the interest in Sacramento, send it to the Red Cross, send it to local charities. If it helps settle this, I will even consider taking the interest (just to help keep the peace). Until people start asking where all the interest goes -- and how much is it, anyway? -- it will continue to be an UnCOLA.