Peter Nero is the 78-year-old heart of the Philly Pops. According to lawyer Michael N. Katz, who represents the union, the end of the Philly Pops and Encore Series Inc and the collective bargaining agreement is imminent “in the absence of Mr. Nero and a carefully planned and mapped-out transition to a successor music director upon his retirement.”
Currently, Encore Series Inc. is under bankruptcy protection. In bankruptcy court, the company filed a motion to revoke Nero’s contract and end his participation. The company wanted to cut Nero’s contract by 40% and that offer was rejected.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was contacted by the union. Mediation is expected to start Monday between Encore Series Inc and Nero.
According to Nero’s attorney, Paul R. Rosen, the dispute is not about Nero’s salary but about the charity board’s new payroll that removes tens of thousands of dollars per year in salary benefits.