Originally Posted by Yuki
John, with all due respect. So much is oriented to the "customer centered approach". So little, actually I have seen no action, towards improving the "lot" of the common line instructor.
Simply put, I pay the dues. I put my time and hotel money and clinic fees toward improving the product for the client in hopes that they will stay with the sport. Is it unfair for me to expect some pressure put on SAM (by PSIA) to at least help me make a dime at the end of the year?
Bitter? Not totally, some good clinics and I learned some things for sure. But I won't work under the conditions that I have seen in the last few years. We lost half of the experienced folks last season. Replaced with kids from the local college. Lockers .... we were told to rent one .. no discount! The "list" is too long .... would take a few beers and a good "crying towel".
Does SAM pay the dues or do we?
I respect what you want but PSIA is not a negotiating organization with SAM for better anything for instructors. Areas are autonomous and so are the SS as far as that goes. When PSIA was formed by instructors in about 1962 and not SAM, the goal was to present a uniform product of instruction for all skiers across the United States. In that respect, PSIA has delivered the goal.
I agree the market place has put the profession way below where it I think it should be and I would like to see it changed by customer demand and or less instructors available for hire. The only way that will happen is if less people come into the profession. There is an old saying in business “If you pay people too much you go broke and if you pay people too little you go broke.” Obviously the market is just right since, to date anyway, there are instructors available, either from the states or imported, at the wage and benefit package offered. By the way, I think we also know that many instructors, who stick long enough, do seem to build a clientele base that supports a decent lifestyle, at least at destination resorts.
I understand the frustration; I just believe it is miss-placed in asking PSIA to be a bargaining unit. Could PSIA do more to assist in customer demands, possibly? Then we would all need to pay even higher dues to make the capitol available. If we did, the next thing we would hare is PSIA is not doing enough communicating with the membership. Another thought, we tend to blame Denver when I really believe more marketing should come from the division level.
Finally, I continue to hear the argument on what we teach, how we teach it, how we present it, and are this system better than that system etc. & etc. Personally, as long as the comments are not degrading to anyone or any organization, I almost laugh at the comments. I fully realize the comments must not be coming from the trenches. I utilize all that works for my student and steal from anywhere so I am educated and practiced enough to adapt. I am sure all reasonable instructors do. In the end, I am a member of PSIA and I support it even though, like every other organization, we have our faults.