On August 24th, 2010, West Virginia's public workers union UE Local 170 held a rally at the state capitol in protest of the State of West Virginia's decision to open up the State Office of Technology to the possible practice of privatization. Local musician and union supporter Elaine Purkey debuted her public workers song at the event. The union later marched into then-Governor Joe Manchin's office and asked to speak to him about the issue. Manchin's press secretary Melvin Smith spoke with the crowd.