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Culinary Workers Union Scores Shareholder Victories at The
Cheesecake Factory, Demands that Board of Directors Adopt Proposals

Las Vegas, NV -- Today, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226
announced that shareholders have overwhelming approved four key
shareholder proposals seeking reform of The Cheesecake Factory's
(NASDAQ:CAKE) stock option and corporate governance policies,
according to preliminary results released by Automatic Data
Processing (ADP).

According to the results provided to the union by ADP, Cheesecake
shareholders overwhelming approved proposals asking the company
to submit its stock option plan for shareholder approval (66% of
votes cast, including abstentions), require annual elections of
directors (72%), submit the "poison pill" to a shareholder vote
(67%), and eliminate the 80% "supermajority" voting requirement
(81%). "This vote is a clear call to The Cheesecake Factory's
Board of Directors that it is time to reform and modernize the
company's poor corporate governance practices," said Chris
Bohner, Senior Research Analyst.

The Culinary Union's proposal urging the Company to expense
stock option grants received strong support from shareholders,
but the vote was still too close to call. "Given the
overwhelming support for our proposal seeking shareholder
approval of the company's stock option plans, and the strong
showing on the stock option expense proposal, shareholders are
clearly concerned about this company's stock compensation
policies." said Bohner.

At the May 13 annual meeting, the Culinary Union urged the Board
of Directors to respect the vote of the shareholders and adopt
the majority-vote proposals. "It would be a slap in the face to
all Cheesecake shareholders if the Board ignored this vote,"
said Bohner. However, David Overton, Chairman of The Cheesecake
Factory, refused to commit to respect the shareholder vote.

The Culinary Union and affiliated benefit plans own approximately
30,000 shares of The Cheesecake Factory. The Culinary Union's
parent organization, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees
International Union, is a member of the Council of Institutional
Investors, a corporate governance organization representing over
$1 trillion in assets.

Chris Bohner
Senior Research Analyst
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Las Vegas, NV 89102
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