Well, our friend Nathan Newman has you covered for at least one debate: Why Unions? (Short answer: human dignity, increased pay, increased productivity, and the engine of progessive politics).
So go print yourself out a copy, take it with you on that long plane ride and you'll be ready to go into battle. But don't get carried away. Just remember that vacations can also be time to reassess your priorities and decide what's really important in life. Take some time to mellow out. And this being an election year, I'm sure we'll can all agree on some common goals, in the timeless words of Conan the Barbarian:
To crush your enemies
To see them driven before you
To hear the lamentations of their women