This is what MangoCon is for, you should all attend.
9 days until the big event!
I haven't been told no, but we are short staffed and I seriously doubt I'm going to be able to go. I am going to be there for the stream though.
The shorter the staffing, the more that they need to keep you happy. Remember, desperate bosses are pliable bosses.
Well I am taking off after 12 today and off tomorrow to be there for Laura in her time of grieving. I technically only have 1 more day off for the year :\
Technically you have all that you want, he can't afford to get rid of you. And you don't want to stay, so you have ALL of the leverage. Literally, all of it. He has everything to lose and you've got nothing on the line. You hold all of the cards. And it is not days off, he can still email you and ask you things, you are doing company training that helps him, etc.
Except that I'm sure he doesn't want to be without a paycheck while looking for his replacement job.
But chances are, he "doesn't want that" less than his boss wants to "lose his company because he can't fulfill his contractual obligations."