From the Morning Memo:

The Laborers’ International Union of North America on Monday will endorse Council Richie Torres’s bid for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jose Serrano.

Union leaders praised Torres’s record on labor issues.

“His support for the unionized construction industry is not an empty talking point,” said Robert Bonanza, Business Manager of Mason Tenders’ District Council and John Hutchings Director of the NYS Laborers’ PAC and Organizing Fund in a joint statement.

“His support has been proven through action on our most important issues – safety, wages, employer accountability, and supporting legislation that creates stable career opportunities for working class New Yorkers. Ritchie not only stands with the working people of this state; he is willing to fight for us.”

Torres is running for the Democratic nomination in what is shaping up to be a competitive primary field. Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Assemblyman Michael Blake have declared plans to run. On Friday, former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito indicated she would enter the race as well.

“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of LiUNA-NY,” Torres said.

“LiUNA’s mission of fighting for good-paying construction jobs for New Yorkers aligns with my goal in Congress: fight to ensure all Bronxites have jobs that pay fair wages with decent benefits and healthcare, and treat workers with respect, and a work place with high safety standards.”