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'Shawshank Redemption' star slams actors' unions for 'discriminatory' COVID vaccine policies

Other actors joined Robbins in agreement.

Published: October 26, 2022 10:46am

Updated: October 26, 2022 4:25pm

Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins, best known for his starring role in "The Shawshank Redemption," is criticizing two actors' unions for what he says are "discriminatory" COVID-19 vaccine policies.

"Way past time to end your discriminatory policies," Robbins tweeted Tuesday, tagging in his post Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Robbins said a New York judge "ruled that all unvaccinated NYC employees are 'reinstated to their full employment' and are 'entitled to back pay in salary from the date of termination.'"

Judge Ralph Porzio, in Richmond County Supreme Court, based in Staten Island, wrote in his ruling Monday that the New York City vaccine mandate was "arbitrary and capricious." The city has appealed the decision.

Other actors joined Robbins in agreement. 

"I'm ready to have a conversation with my attorney about why I have to pay ... dues when my union prohibits me from working," responded Disney actress Leigh-Allyn Baker.

Comedian and Screen Actors Guild board member Rob Schneider replied to Robbins: "I agree with you and I have been trying to make this case but it really is a religion with these zealots at this point since it is beyond their ability to reason."

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