Datetime and timezone not being changed in function

Datetime and timezone not being changed in function


I have a datetime field that I'm storing in one of my custom modules. 

In a custom function, I take that datetime (called tourDate) and try to convert it a String in the US/Central timezone (looked like it comes into the function as a UTC datetime since it shows as 5 hours ahead of me after formatting) like below:

  1. tourDate = tourDate.toString("yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss a z","America/Chicago");

I'm noticing two problems after doing that.
First, a tourDate that I schedule in my module as May 20, 2019 at 1pm CDT is still getting reflected as 2019-05-28 06:00:00 PM PDT  (so the 5 hour difference is still present), and second is that the timezone (z) says 'PDT' instead of 'CDT'. 

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