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Gloria O'Brien Oral History Interview. October 13, 2016

Gloria O'Brien Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

October 13, 2016

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Gloria O'Brien (b. 1960) is a Biological Science Technician in OSU's Department of Greenhouse Operations who has worked at Oregon State since 2008, specializing in integrated pest management. O'Brien is also actively involved with sub-local 083 of the statewide Service Employees International Union, serving for many years as a union steward and also completing a four-year term as president of the sub-local from 2010-2014. In 2015, O'Brien also became an OSU alumna, after earning a degree in Horticulture that she began pursuing, on a part-time basis, some seventeen years before. Her interview provides insight into union activities on campus, the issues facing classified workers across Oregon, and the roles filled by the Department of Greenhouse Services at Oregon State University.