3/29/16 – 11:18 A.M.
The financial secretary of the union that represents Findlay Cooper Tire & Rubber workers is under investigation for apparently misusing union credit cards. A letter from USW Local 207L president Rod Nelson to union members says Ron Coldren admitted to union investigators that he used his card to cover for personal problems. The document goes on to say around $30,000 may have been misused since October of 2012.
Local 207L members who wish to remain anonymous provided WFIN with a copy of the letter. They said the document was posted at a time clock and was also distributed in other areas of the plant. 207L President Rod Nelson tells WFIN that an audit is ongoing but other than that he said he has no comment. The District 1 USW office in Columbus said, “We do not wish to comment on this issue at this time.”
According to the letter an auditor from the international union was brought in to assist the audit process. Union trustee Tom Kutlus and Treasurer Terry Glick are also involved in the audit. The letter says that all receipts turned in by other officials were in order and that the only person missing receipts or turning in questionable receipts was Ron Coldren.
The letter also says the union is insured for the losses. It adds Coldren will make restitution and that the matter could be turned over to authorities when the internal investigation is completed.
The letter goes on to suggest ways to prevent future mishandling of funds. One of the ideas presented asks that all bills go through the Local 207L executive board and Rod Nelson before being paid by the union. Training for trustees to uncover misuse of funds has also been proposed.
In the letter, Nelson says, “I hope you understand that the union has done the right things when this issue came to light. Our union and what we stand for is greater than any setback we may experience. Even though our history is checkered with disappointments, I’m thoroughly convinced we shall overcome them only to experience new successes.”
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