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Workers at Tesla Grohmann Automation—the car company's robotics unit headquartered in Germany, are threatening to go on strike, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to IG Metall, the union representing Tesla Grohmann workers, Tesla is paying 30% below union wages following reforms it enacted after buying the company last year. Tesla disputes these numbers.

Why it matters: Telsa's acquisition of Grohmann Automation last November is a keystone of the carmaker's attempts to cost-effectively ramp up production from roughly 80,000 vehicles last year to 500,000 in 2018. Tesla said following the acquisition that the unit would design and produce "several critical elements of Tesla's automated manufacturing systems," which the firm calls "the machine that builds the machine."

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Why it matters: More Americans are expressing doubt about a first-generation vaccine, despite President Trump's efforts to push an unrealistic timeline that conflicts with medical experts in his administration.

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Data: Business Roundtable; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A closely-watched CEO economic confidence index rose for the first time after declining for nine straight quarters, according to a survey of 150 chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies by trade group Business Roundtable.

Why it matters: The index, which still remains at a decade low, reflects corporate America's expectations for sales, hiring and spending — which plummeted amid uncertainty when the pandemic hit.

Official says White House political appointees "commandeered" Bolton book review

John Bolton's book "The Room Where it Happened." Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

A former career official at the National Security Council claims her pre-publication review of former national security adviser John Bolton's explosive book on President Trump was "commandeered by political appointees for a seemingly political purpose," according to a letter from her lawyers filed in court on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The White House fought against the publication of Bolton's book for most of the year on the grounds that it contained harmful and "significant amounts of classified information."

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