Our Staff


William A. Fitzgerald

President & Principal Officer

William Fitzgerald has been a Teamster in good standing for 42 years. He has been actively involved in representation and organizing over that time period. He served as a shop steward at Fleming Foods for 5 years. Than served again as a shop steward for 4 years at Acme Markets. He worked very hard to find work and positions for the displaced workers from Fleming after they ceased operations. He has sought to do this for many displaced members of defunct companies throughout his 4 decades of service.

He has also negotiated nemorous contracts and defended them along with the members they cover. During his tenure he has proudly served on Local 500's Executive Board since 2011 as Vice President and now as Secretary Treasury.

Douglas Edwards

Secretary Treasurer

Douglas Edwards has been a Teamster in good standing for 26 years. He has served as the Shop Steward for Ellis Coffee and Marano Trucking for 11 years. Doug began his career as a Teamster in 1992 and has been actively involved since that time. Throughout his years as a Steward he has represented our members and fought for the best contract terms possible. When Ellis Coffee outsourced their delivery distribution he fought vigorously to hold onto key negotiated protective language. During this transition period he exhibited leadership in his efforts to hold onto existing member gains obtained through years of contract negotiations.

Franklin J. Gallagher

Vice President

Frank Gallagher has been a Teamster in good standing for the past 28 years. He has served as a shop steward for 7 of these years at Sysco Foods. For the past 4 years he has worked for Acme Markets. He joined Local 500 in 1989 when Bill O'Farrell was the presiding President and principal officer. His experience through the years as a Shop Steward has helped him in many difficult representative battles. Many of our brothers and sisters know how unfavorable arbitration rulings challenge a representative. As a result Frank has had to rise to these challenges by adapting to new rules and situations. He effectively fought some very difficult management tactics to defend our members and their contract. He started serving as a Trustees in 2011 and now proudly serves as our Vice President.

Floyd D. Mason

Recording Secretary

Floyd Mason has been a Teamster in good standing for many years with Local 500. He is currently a shop steward at SEPTA's largest facilities on Market Street in Philadelphia. Through the years he's dealt effectively with a very complex bureaucratic organization to resolve contractual and represtative issues. Our members at SEPTA's main location on Market Street work in many different departments and classifications.

Floyd has worked to resolve many disputes that up hold Local 500's contract agreement. Over the years he's successfully resolved issues with members in a multitude of classifications. Many of which operate under different work rules, complex duties and categories. He's been an excellent representative for the members at SEPTA and our Local in general.

In 2011 he became a Trustee on our Executive Board and is now our current Recording Secretary.


William Danos


William Danos has been a Teamster in good standing for over 22 years. He has been a shop steward for 10 years and an assistant for numerous additional years. During his tenure in the airfreight industry he has fought to represent members by settling contractual and disciplinary disputes. He has also been instrumental in retaining beneficial contract terms such as a no layoff clause and a shift guarantee language clause. He has participated in many elections, organizing drives, picket line activities and contract negotiations.

Pedro Perez


Pedro Perez has been a Teamster in good standing for 14 years. He has been a shop steward at Quaker Valley Foods for 10 of those years. During his tenure in the Food Industry he's been involved in various contract negotiations. He has been successful in fighting for members by settling numerous contractual and disciplinary disputes. He successfully fought to give members access to their company's 401K plan. He has also gained favorable language that expanded severance fund contributions to all hours worked through negotiations.

Kenneth Bare


Kenneth Bare Ken Bare began his career in Local 500 when he made the casual list in June 1992 at Acme Markets. He remained a casual until he made the full-time list in January of 1996. In March of 2016 he was elected as a Shop Steward after being defeated on his initial attempt to attain the position. As a Shop Steward, he has fought to maintain the working conditions for our members and has successfully negotiated with the company to increase pay during the current contract for additional responsibilities the company has required of our members




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