It's shift-change at GM's Arlington plant and time to head home and turn on the news. "Oh, its been hectic because you don't know what's going to happen from day to day," says longtime GM worker John Morales. "We are watching the news and seeing how things are going because everyone is worried about their jobs" says Morales.

Like many here, Morales says the government's rescue plan should have already happened, "It's kind of bad the way legislators treat General Motors employees."

Anna Taveres says it's been an anxious few weeks. "We're still waiting, and it's depressing not knowing what's going to happen next and if we're going to have a job in January." Taveres has worked for GM more than 20 years and like others, she's been through this before.

But this time the problem is deeper, according to third generation GM worked Shaun Williams. "I've seen plant closings and layoffs here and there but nothing like this."

Williams says the biggest problem may not be GM's cars and trucks but a much bigger issue: The economy. "Your gas bills went up, electric bills tripled and groceries doubled, but no one is making more money to compensate for anything."

U-S cars sales have plunged by more than 40% last month, and for people working on the opposite end, the cutbacks have already begun.

Lonnie Morgan works at Lynn Smith Chevy in Burleson. He says, "It's impacted all the dealerships; all of them are having to cut back and we lost some of our people due to this. And the showrooms, people are trickling; in not like it used to be."

As for workers, they're hoping they'll know something by Christmas, as the keys to their future lie with the politicians on Capitol Hill.