AUGUSTA — Occupy protesters in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont joined others across the nation in Black Friday pickets at Walmart stores to take issue with wages, benefits and treatment of employees of the world’s largest retailer.

In Ellsworth, one of the Maine communities where protesters appeared, about 15 activists near the city’s Walmart Supercenter held signs with slogans such as “Boycott Black Friday!”

In New Hampshire, groups demonstrated in Somersworth, Manchester, Derry, Salem and other locations.

In Williston, Vt., Walmart shoppers were greeted by about 20 protesters Friday morning. Police relocated the protesters off of the store’s property.

The national efforts seemed to do little to keep shoppers away though – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it was its best Black Friday ever.