A group of Google employees wrote to Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai demanding better conditions for the thousands of contractors that make up more than half of the internet giant\u2019s work force. Last month, Alphabet Inc. overhauled the way it handles allegations of sexual harassment and assault, but the updated policies largely left out temporary, vendor and contract workers. On Wednesday, a group of full-time and contract workers sent a letter to Pichai asking for that to change. They also listed other requests, such as access to companywide emails and town hall staff meetings, better health care and benefits, and a more transparent process for applying for full-time jobs. \u201cWe will continue to be mistreated and ignored if we stay silent,\u201d the workers wrote in the letter. \u201cGoogle has the power - and the money - to ensure that we are treated equitably.\u201d READ ALSO |\u00a0Elon Musk\u2019s SpaceX NASA launch successful despite rocket's water landing This is the latest example of Google employees speaking out, at a time when the company is being criticized for its handling of sexual misconduct, contracts with the U.S. military and a plan to build a censored search engine in China. A spokeswoman for Google declined to comment on the letter. The company has said it has strict rules for how vendors and suppliers respond to misconduct, and investigates when a contractor makes a complaint against a Google employee. U.S. corporations often use contractors. But some Google employees and outside activists contend the company, which is on track to make more than $30 billion in profit this year, can easily afford to treat everyone who works in its offices the same. In July, Bloomberg wrote about Google\u2019s \u201cshadow workforce\u201d and revealed that earlier this year, for the first time, temporary, vendor and contract workers made up more than half of the company\u2019s total staff. The workers, known internally as "TVCs," do all sorts of jobs, from serving meals and piloting self-driving cars to writing code and managing teams. Unlike full-time workers, they aren\u2019t given stock, and many struggle with inadequate health care. They aren\u2019t allowed in some buildings or at certain company meetings. They are employed by outside agencies, including Adecco Group AG, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. and Randstad NV. Several TVCs interviewed recently by Bloomberg News described feeling like second-class citizens compared with full-time Google employees. They asked not to be identified for fear of losing their jobs. When a shooting happened at YouTube\u2019s campus in San Bruno, California, in April, TVCs didn\u2019t get some communications updating workers on the situation, which left them feeling unsafe, the TVCs said. A spokeswoman for Google said updates were sent to TVCs through their employers, and that they were invited to attend a town hall after the event with full-time staff. The workers are often on teams with full-time employees and said their contributions are indistinguishable from the better-placed colleagues. One contractor, who works 50 to 60 hours a week in Google\u2019s marketing division, said TVCs are treated as \u201ccollateral damage\u201d who can be hired and fired on short notice to help the company achieve business goals quickly and cheaply. Another TVC described full-time staff asking her to move from an office desk or cutting ahead of her in line for coffee because she was a contractor and therefore not as important. Another contract worker said when he took a job doing user research for Google, a manager told him he would be able to eventually convert the position into a full-time role. Two years later, that hasn\u2019t happened, and he\u2019s largely given up on that ever happening.