This is my 5th year teaching, but first year in a union job. I was assigned an extra duty I did not want at my site. I did not complain because I was told I would be compensated for all hours outside of my contract. It is a huge job most teachers would not want and in the month of October I worked extra hours worth about $500. I turned in my hours log in early November. My p had to finish paper work by November 15. I was supposed to get paid for them on my paycheck we received earlier this week. I did not get paid for them. I have also not received about additional $40 from hours worked in September. I was supposed to be paid for them October 31. I emailed my p and he said many people have to approve a form and it hasn't been completed yet. He said to wait until my next paycheck. However, payroll feels it can't get our monthly December paycheck ready before their vacation next month, so I won't get paid in December at all and instead have to wait until we go back to school January 7. I feel it is crazy to not get paid for hours worked in late September until January 6. I also am frustrated as I was counting on that money to get me through the expensive holidays and the 6.5 weeks until my next paycheck (normally I should only have to wait 4). If a union could get payroll to cut me a check for hours worked before my next paycheck, it would lessen a lot of stress and make the holidays a little nicer for me and my family. However I have never gone to a union before and don't want to **** off my p. What do you think?