Staffers at the accused their employer of engaging in “unfair labor practices” in a filing with the government Thursday, intensifying a fight between management and the rank and file inside one of the country’s most powerful groups.

The move by SEIU employees could lay the groundwork for a at the union’s headquarters in Washington if the two sides can’t settle on a new collective bargaining agreement for the staff. The staffers claim in their filing that the union has not bargained in good faith, an allegation the National Labor Relations Board would now look into.

“It’s a step we tried to avoid,” said David Hoskins, a researcher for SEIU and shop steward for the union representing staffers, the Office and

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