The failure of Congress to agree on a rescue deal for America’s auto industry has raised fears the collapse will not only risk millions of US jobs but also have global consequences. As the White House mulls over whether to dip into the Wall street fund to save the sector, workers at this component plant in Michigan, are wondering how long they can hold on. Danny Bobowski a shop supervisor at an car components supplier said: ‘‘I have people everyday who ask me how long am I going to be here? Are we working next week?’‘
Fewer than half the vehicles bought by Americans today come from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. During the 1950’s almost all the cars sold in the US were also built there. Seen as the heart and soul of US manufacturing this proud industry now faces the stark reality of becoming a museum relic.