Judge: Nurses Can't Strike

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    TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 18: Israeli nurse Gina Eshkol (R) has a blood sample drawn before being vaccinated against smallpox September 18, 2002 at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel. Health and emergency workers are being innoculated against the disease in case of an Iraqi biological weapon attack. Israeli officials say the Jewish State has more than double the Smallpox vaccine needed for the whole population. Baghdad launched 39 Scud missiles against Israel during the 1991 Gulf War. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

     A San Francisco judge says nurses at the University of California's five medical centers cannot go on strike while labor negotiations are under way.

    Superior Court Judge Peter Busch on Friday extended a restraining order that was issued last week that barred the 11,000 nurses from a planned strike.

    He said if the nurses were to go on strike as contract talks got under way, it would be an unfair "pressure tactic" to influence negotiations.

    UC officials had urged the judge to prohibit the nurses from walking off the job.